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New clinical trial investigates non-invasive treatment for depression and bipolar disorder at Black Dog Institute

Newscaster Press Release | Email |  June 6, 2016

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TDCS is a very mild form of brain stimulation. The stimulation is painless and is given when a person is fully awake and alert with the stimulation session lasting 30 minutes. It is thought that tDCS works by modifying and correcting brain activity levels, e.g., increase brain activation in areas that are underactive or reduce brain activation in areas that are overactive. The effects of tDCS on mood have been reported since the 1960’s and 70’s. Recently, a large research trial in Sydney at the Black Dog Institute, which compared tDCS with a placebo, provided further evidence that it has antidepressant effects.

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