Sooma depression treatment is suitable for most patients. It can be added to ongoing treatments without modifications, and it has been shown to have additive effects to both medication and psychotherapy. Sooma depression treatment can also be used as a stand-alone treatment, and as such is also a viable option for patients who cannot tolerate pharmaceutical treatment options.
A treatment session consists of 2 mA direct current stimulation for 30 minutes. This procedure is programmed as the standard treatment protocol in the Sooma tDCS™ unit. The full depression treatment consists of 5 treatment sessions per week for 2-3 weeks, followed by maintenance treatments.
Transcranial direct current stimulation is a form of low-intensity electrical stimulation. There are no medical preparations needed for the treatment. The patient should remove eye-glasses, hair pins and jewellery from the head area, and restrain from using hair gel or hair spray before treatment session.
When starting a session, two electrodes are positioned over the treatment area using a head cap that offers the intuitive usability required in clinical routine. The device ensures that the contact between scalp and electrodes is acceptable. When acceptable contact is achieved, the device allows the user to start the stimulation. Sooma offers several sizes of head caps to accommodate to different head sizes. The whole treatment preparation takes usually less than 5 minutes.
During a stimulation session, direct current is applied directly to the scalp at the left and right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). The current intensity is 2 mA, which is 400 to 500 times less than in traditional electroconvulsive therapy.