Does tDCS work?

tDCS is about as effective as antidepressant medication or psychotherapy when it comes to treating depression. Some research studies show that antidepressants are slightly more effective, and others demonstrate that tDCS offers comparable results. 

As with all evidence-based treatments for depression, tDCS works very well for some people, but others don’t get the results they hoped for. You should be able to feel a reduction of your depressive symptoms in about 3-4 weeks if it’s a treatment that works for you.  

What makes tDCS increasingly popular is its mild side effect profile. Also, the fact that the technique is backed by more than 20 placebo-controlled trials, published in peer-reviewed journals. Read more about the effectiveness and history of tDCS here. 

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What is tDCS?

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological and painless form of brain stimulation. It’s used to treat depression and chronic pain