Read article on Yahoo! today about a new form of treatment in the battle against depression. http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/electroshock-therapy-latest-treatment-depression. It is called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. This article describes it as similar, yet different, when compared to Electro Shock Treatment (ECT) for the treatment of depression. I still need to research tDCS more to endorse it and review the original literature to understand it more but my initial reaction is one of hope and concern with it for the treatment of depression.
Lastly in the day and age of managed health care, if this treatment is as effective as preliminary studies are showing, insurance companies may be willing to pay for its use, thereby making it available to the vast majority of our population
Again I’m not endorsing tDCS, but rather welcoming the research and outcome studies that consider various types of treatment for depression. Please read this article and do your own research and find the answers to these questions and more before embarking on any type of treatment, tDCS included.