PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Depression and bipolar disorder are two very serious mental health issues in this country.
There are medications that can be quite helpful if treatment is initiated appropriately. In addition, counseling can be helpful as well.READ MORE: Biden Administration Enacts New Travel Rules Due To Spread Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant
But according to report in the journal of the American Medical Association, Psychiatry Edition, another option that can be safe and effective is something called “Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation,” or TDCS.
This is particularly helpful in patients who have bipolar disorder.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Man Injured After Being Shot Near Fox Chase Wawa
This study loocked at 52 patients and compared those who received TDCS with those who received what is called “sham therapy,” a placebo.
There are many people who are reluctant to consider any form of electric shock therapy because of images from the past, and a very questionable history of usage decades ago.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael Rashid Resigns After He Reportedly Made Anti-Semitic Remarks, Verbally Abused His Staff
But in today’s medical environment, and in controlled settings, this type of option is something that should be thought about as potentially helpful.