A GP guide to brain stimulation techniques

Transcranial direct current stimulation is shaping up as a non-invasive, more easily accessible new treatment option for major depressive disorder

Need to know:

  • Novel non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as (transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) use a magnetic coil or electrodes placed on the scalp — without the need for surgery, sedation or anaesthesia — to remedy the dysfunction in cortical activity that underlies neurological and psychiatric disorders, s