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tDEP: Brain Stimulation as a Treatment for Depression

14 October 2019

We are looking for participants aged 18 and over with low mood/depression to take part in our study looking into a new treatment for depression.

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

You would have the treatment 5 days per week for 3 weeks, then 2 days per week for 3 weeks.


  • Inclusion Criteria
  • Aged 18+
  • Currently depressed
  • Taking anti-depressant medication and/or receiving therapy; or willing to do so.
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  • Exclusion Criteria
  • Individuals with additional psychiatric disorders (eg. bipolar or any psychotic disorder).
  • Individuals with a history of neurological disorders, i.e. epileptic seizures, stroke, or brain injury.
  • Individuals who have any implanted metal devices in the head or pacemakers.
  • Individuals who have frequent or severe headaches or dizziness.
  • Pregnant individuals.

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Ethical approval

The study has been approved by NHS Health Research Authority, London - Fulham Research Ethics Committee. IRAS project ID: 248264. REC reference: 18/LO/1515.

About the researcher

We are a team of researchers within the University of East London School of Psychology, funded by the Rosetrees Trust Foundation.

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