We are helping to deliver a research study into a medical device which may be able to help treat moderate depression that is unresponsive to initial treatment. The device works a little bit like a “TENS machine” which is commonly used for treating low back pain or labour pains, but this version is attached to the scalp to deliver tiny little electric prickles which you’re unable to feel.
To take part, you must:
- Be aged 16 years or older
- Diagnosis of depression
- Have either been offered the option of an anti-depressant medication or prescribed antidepressant medication for a minimum of 6 weeks in the last 3 months.
- Capable of consenting to the study
- Agrees to return the equipment at the end of the study and not to purchase the equipment privately during the study
To take part, you must not:
- Have very severe depression
- Have a neurological condition e.g. brain tumour, strokes or mini-strokes/TIAs, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, or prior brain surgery
- Require urgent clinical care such as having persistent suicidal ideation, self-harm or suicidal intent.
- Known to be pregnant or trying to conceive
- Have a pace maker, cochlear implant or an implantable cardioverter device (ICD).
- Have a major unstable medical illness requiring further investigation or treatment.
- Have a diagnosis of current substance use disorder or dependence, dementia, eating disorder, bipolar disorder or non-affective psychosis
- Completed and benefitted from/responded to psychological treatment for depression in the last 3 months or planning to commence psychological treatment in the next 6 months.
- Involved with any other clinical trial at the time of consent or 6 months prior.
If you think you’re eligible and would like to take part, please send us an askmyGP in the usual way.