What is Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation?

Category: Physical Therapy


Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, tDCS, uses constant, low current delivered directly to the area of interest via small electrodes, it is used as therapy for certain psychological disorders such as anxiety disorders and depression, as well as a tool for motor rehabilitation in stroke patients

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 3 3
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder 1 0
Fatigue 1 2
Fibromyalgia 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Side effect Patients Percentage
Itchy skin 1

Why patients stopped taking Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped going to Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation


Stopped going to Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.