The University of Hertfordshire and Orchard OCD have recently completed a study of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) – a form of non-invasive brain stimulation – as a potential new treatment option for people wth OCD.

This was a small study, undertaken to investigate if further research would be valuable, but the findings from the study are hopeful. The results show that tDCS reduced OCD symptoms, and is both acceptable and safe for use in people with OCD.

One thing that the team of researchers found is that the effects of the treatment on OCD symptoms seems to diminish around four hours after stimulation, so the team say their next step is to undertake further research to determine both the size and duration of the effects – but the initial findings are a step forward for the future of OCD management.

If you would like to learn more about this initial study you can read more on Orchard’s website here.

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