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

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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.

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hal-03655700 , version 1 (29-04-2022)

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Djamila Bennabi, Emmanuel Haffen. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): A Promising Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder?. Brain Sciences, 2018, 8 (5), pp.81. ⟨10.3390/brainsci8050081⟩. ⟨hal-03655700⟩

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