›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (12): 1460-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2019.12.020

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Progress of transcranial direct current stimulation in the treatment of unipolar and bipolar depressive disorders

HUANG Yu-xin, TANG Ye-zhou, ZHAO Ya-juan, FU Hao, WANG Yong, JIN Hua   

  1. Department of Outpatient, Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Online:2019-12-28 Published:2020-02-06
  • Supported by:
    Municipal Hospital Clinical Research and Cultivation Project of Shanghai Shenkang Hospital Development Center, SHDC12018X24; 13th Five-Year National Key R&D Program of China, 2016YFC1307100; General Program of Scientific Research Project of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, 201640107; Medical Engineering (Science) Cross Fund of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, YG2016MS39

Abstract: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a promising non-invasive physical stimulation for the treatment of unipolar and bipolar disorders. Its mechanism, efficacy and optimal parameters are still in the exploration stage. Based on the tDCS-related researches of unipolar and bipolar disorders in recent years, this paper reviews the efficacy and safety of tDCS treatment in depressive acute stage and maintenance stage, and demonstrates the efficacy of tDCS on treatment-resistant depressive disorder patients, which provides possible ideas for follow-up research and clinical application.

Key words: transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), electrical stimulation, depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, physicotherapeutics