Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Therapy for Major Depression
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03632434|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : August 15, 2018
Last Update Posted : November 21, 2019
Depression is a prevalent and debilitating disorder. The most common treatments are antidepressant medications and talking therapies. However, for many individuals, these are not their treatment of choice. Furthermore, even following a full course of treatment with an antidepressant or talking therapy, over one third of patients continue to be unwell.
The novel brain stimulation treatment, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), is a potential first-line treatment for major depression. The present research question is whether tDCS can be provided as a home-based treatment for major depression for adults with major depression.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Major Depressive Disorder||Device: transcranial direct current stimulation||Not Applicable|
The novel brain stimulation treatment, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), is a potential first-line treatment for major depression. tDCS generates a small electric current which modulates how easy it is for active brain cells to discharge. The device is a neoprene cap worn over the head, and in the cap there are two electrodes, which are small metal discs, where the current comes from. tDCS does not directly stimulate brain cells to cause a seizure like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and it does not induce brain cells to discharge like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Clinical studies have shown that tDCS treatment could help to improve the symptoms of depression. The main side effects have been redness, skin irritation or sensations (itching, tingling or burning) under the electrodes. Less commonly reported side effects include headache or tiredness. tDCS is a portable and safe treatment.
The studies to date have mostly looked at tDCS treatment which has been provided in a research setting. This is a problem because the treatment requires daily sessions for several weeks which could limit whether individuals would be able to go every day. As tDCS is a portable and safe treatment, it could be provided in the community.
The study research question is whether tDCS could be provided as a home-based treatment for major depression. The study will include adults with major depression.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||30 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Acceptability and Feasibility of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Therapy as a Community-based Treatment for Major Depression|
|Actual Study Start Date :||October 14, 2019|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||June 2021|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||November 2021|
6-week course of active tDCS treatment, consisting of 5 sessions per week for the first 3 weeks followed by 2 sessions per week for 3 weeks, for a total of 21 tDCS sessions. The duration of each session is 30 minutes.
Device: transcranial direct current stimulation
tDCS generates a small electric current which modulates how easy it is for active brain cells to discharge. The device is a neoprene cap worn over the head, and in the cap there are two electrodes, which are small metal discs, where the current comes from.
Other Name: tDCS
- Clinical response [ Time Frame: At 6 weeks following course of tDCS treatment ]As measured by a HAM-D reduction of >= 50%
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03632434
|Contact: Cynthia Fu||44 (0)208 223 email@example.com|
|University of East London||Recruiting|
|London, United Kingdom, E15 4LZ|
|Contact: Cynthia Fu, MD PhD firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||Cynthia Fu, MD PhD||University of East London|