When electricity and the brain are mentioned in the same sentence, your mind might immediately jump to disturbing images of people receiving huge shocks while covered in electrodes, strapped to tables.
But electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatment has developed considerably since the days depicted in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” A current study at JAMA Psychiatry examines a treatment called transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).
Could this fairly new form of electrical treatment for depression really be effective — and without the negative side effects of ECT?
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