Depression

Brain stimulation as a treatment for depression

Type

Online interview

Age

18 and over

Location

Anywhere

Time commitment

The study last for 6 weeks. You would be receive the treatment at home 5 days per week for 3 weeks, then 2 days per week for 3 weeks. Each sessions takes 30 minutes with a researcher present via online video call.

We would also follow up by phone after 3 and 6 months.

Most visits are 1 hour, with a small number of visits lasting up to 2 hours.

Rewards and expenses

Up to £135 in vouchers and travel expenses.

How to take part

About the study

We are looking for participants in England and Wales, aged 18 and over, who have a low mood to take part in our study looking into a potential new treatment for depression.

The study aims to look at whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), could be a potential treatment for major depression. tDCS is a non-invasive brain stimulation method that has been shown to improve depressive symptoms.

tDCS is a portable and safe treatment. We would like to look at whether tDCS could be provided at home as most studies to date have provided tDCS in a clinic.

What will it involve?

  • You would be receive the treatment at home 5 days per week for 3 weeks, then 2 days per week for 3 weeks. Each sessions takes 30 minutes.
  • There is the option to have EEG recordings.
  • We will regularly assess the presence and severity of your depression.