Transcranial direct current stimulation, also known as tDCS, is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological form of brain stimulation.
This technique has been used as a treatment option for depression, as well as other psychological disorders, for over a decade. Until now, it was only available in-clinic.
Watch this video to better understand more about how tDCS and Flow work. Learn how tDCS reinforces naturally occurring processes in the brain to reduce depression.
Brain cells communicate through electrical impulses. It has been observed through various scientific studies that while depressed, certain areas of the brain are not as active. More specifically, depressive symptoms have been associated with lower activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC).
tDCS works by activating neural networks through gentle currents. This electrical current stimulates brain activity in the DLPFC region and helps to reduce depression.
Flow brings together the technology and science of tDCS into a simple and portable device for at-home use.
The Flow headset delivers a weak current (2 mA) to the DLPFC via electrodes placed on the forehead and has been shown to reduce depression. Since Flow is able to directly target specific brain areas involved in depression, the side effects are less severe than those from antidepressants.
Depression can be caused by a variety of root causes. However, most people are prescribed the same treatment. The most common treatments for depression — talk therapy and medication — may work for some, but not for all.
Medications are often tied to side-effects and talk therapy can be hard to access. tDCS previously was only offered in-clinic and was costly. Now, with Flow you can experience the power of tDCS in the comfort of your own home.
The treatment provided by Flow Neuroscience is CE certified. This means that Flow is approved for medical use and compliant with the strict European laws for medical devices. The CE certification ensures that: