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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): A Promising Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder?

Department of Clinical Psychiatry, CIC-1431 INSERM, CHU de Besançon, EA Neurosciences, University Bourgogne Franche-Comte, FondaMental Foundation, 94000 Creteil, France
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Brain Sci. 2018, 8(5), 81;
Received: 7 March 2018 / Revised: 19 April 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 / Published: 6 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Research in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Major Depression)
Background: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) opens new perspectives in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), because of its ability to modulate cortical excitability and induce long-lasting effects. The aim of this review is to summarize the current status of knowledge regarding tDCS application in MDD. Methods: In this review, we searched for articles published in PubMed/MEDLINE from the earliest available date to February 2018 that explored clinical and cognitive effects of tDCS in MDD. Results: Despite differences in design and stimulation parameters, the examined studies indicated beneficial effects of tDCS for MDD. These preliminary results, the non-invasiveness of tDCS, and its good tolerability support the need for further research on this technique. Conclusions: tDCS constitutes a promising therapeutic alternative for patients with MDD, but its place in the therapeutic armamentarium remains to be determined. View Full-Text
Keywords: transcranial direct current stimulation; depression; cognition transcranial direct current stimulation; depression; cognition
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Bennabi, D.; Haffen, E. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): A Promising Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder? Brain Sci. 2018, 8, 81.

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