Associate Professor Colleen Loo (UNSW / Black Dog Institute)
School of Psychiatry, UNSW; Black Dog Institute, Randwick NSW
Researchers are investigating direct current stimulation (DCS) as a treatment for depression and potential alternative to medication and other brain stimulation techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Very weak currents are used to stimulate the brain. The stimulation is painless with no known serious side effects, and the person is fully awake and alert during the treatment sessions. Participants will be required to attend the Black Dog Institute from Monday to Friday for 4 to 8 weeks usually for 45 minutes per visit.
Participants must be at least 18 years old and experiencing feelings of depression for at least 4 weeks prior to study entry.
If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please call Angelo Alonzo on (02) 9382 3720 or Donel Martin on (02) 9382 9261 or email TMSandDCS@unsw.edu.au