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tACS Treatment for Depression in Young Adults

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What is tACS?

Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) is a gentle, non-invasive brain stimulation technique which delivers a series of small, pulsed, alternating currents to a targeted region of the brain.

These currents have the potential to alter the behavior of the brain that is affected in depression.

Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health

What's involved in the trial?

  1. Initial assessment - A phone interview will be conducted to see if you are suitable for the trial. If suitable, clinical and cognitive assessments will be administered over video-phone. These include questions about your mental health and testing things like your memory. A time will then be organized for you to come into the clinic for an EEG assessment (passive reading of brain activity).
  2. Treatment period - Four weeks, Monday to Friday, you will be asked to apply tACS for 20 minutes up to two times a day.
    You can do this at home as tACS can be safely, self-administered. A phone check-in with a study investigator is scheduled every Friday.
  3. Final assessment - At the end of treatment and one month after the treatment finishes, the clinical, cognitive and EEG assessments will be repeated. You will receive reimbursement at the end of this assessment.

The Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH) is conducting a clinical trial of Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) as a treatment for depression in young people.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Have symptoms of/have been diagnosed with depression
  • Are between 16 to 30 years of age
  • Do not have a psychotic or neurological disorder such as schizophrenia or an acquired brain injury


Watch SBS The Feed's coverage of the trial