FEATSOCs – Feasibility and Acceptability of Transcranial Stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms.

*COVID-19 UPDATE: This study is now paused.* 

The purpose of this study is to see if transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can help people with obsessive compulsive disorder. tDCS has been found to be of benefit for people with depression, eating disorders and chronic pain.

The study involves three episodes of treatment over a 12 week period using brain stimulation. Participants will undergo a screening and randomisation appointment to ensure they are safe to take part in the study with a doctor. They will be carefully monitored during the study by safety phone calls. Participants will undergo neurocognitive testing between treatments.

To take part you must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18-65 years old
  • Diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Had the symptoms for longer than a year
  • Stable on SSRI medication

NOTE: You cannot take part if:

  • You have a history of psychotic disorders, Tourette syndrome, organic or specific personality disorders.
  • You have had a substance misuse disorder within the past 12 months.
  • Engaged in CBT in the past 6 weeks
  • You have any skull defects or any implanted metal devices.
  • You have epilepsy.

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Study Contact: Joanne McCarthy

Email: joanne.mccarthy@southernhealth.nhs.uk

Tel: 02380 475943

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