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 Do you, or perhaps your loved one, suffer from depression?

Sooma Depression Treatment might be right for you. It provides safe and effective relief from depression. Patients in over 20 countries have benefited from the treatment since it was approved in 2014. To receive Sooma Depression Treatment you need a doctor’s prescription. Please contact us to learn about the availability of the treatment in your area.

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Sooma Depression Treatment

Sooma Depression Treatment uses a weak electrical current to relieve depression symptoms. The current is guided to frontal areas of the brain, where activity level is known to be changed in patients with major depressive disorder. The treatment effect is based on restoring brain activity to normal level in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and consequently restoring the balance between brain hemispheres.

The treatment effects come from repeated sessions, and you should not expect to feel different after a single treatment session. A single session lasts for half an hour, during which you just sit back and relax. The treatment is completely safe and painless. There is no need for any special preparations, although use of hair gel or hair spray should be avoided the morning before treatment.

Scientific literature consists of over 35 000 stimulation sessions, and no serious side effects have occurred. You may feel the stimulation in the beginning of the session and the sensation can be roughly compared to itching. After the session you may feel a mild, short timed headache.  Unlike in traditional electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), anaesthesia is not required and there is no risk of seizure or memory loss.

What does the treatment involve?

When arriving for a treatment session, you are asked to remove jewellery from the head area. Also, eye-glasses and metallic hair pins are removed. You sit on a chair and put on a fairly cool looking headcap, which is connected to the treatment device. The headcap contains electrodes, which are connected to your scalp via electrolyte solution. This means that you don’t have to be bald or shave your head, but also that your hair will get partly wet.  Once the connection is good, treatment can be started.

The electric current is raised slowly to the treatment level and you may feel an itching sensation. Otherwise, you feel perfectly normal during the session, and the treatment sensation starts to fade away after couple of minutes. The session lasts for 30 minutes and you can spend the time doing therapeutic exercises or your own preferred activity. Usually, the treatment is done while sitting, but you are not bound to a chair, so you can freely move around if you wish.

The treatment is intended for major depressive disorder and available through your physician. Your physician may suggest the treatment to you, but you can also ask about the availability of the treatment yourself. Sooma Depression Treatment can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or it can be added to ongoing therapies. The treatment is done daily for two to three weeks, after which there can be less frequent maintenance sessions.

Most often the treatment is done in a healthcare facility, so you visit a clinic to receive the treatment. You don’t need anyone to accompany you to the treatment session, and you can also safely drive a car after the session. All in all, you should reserve about 45 minutes for one visit.

How effective is the treatment?

Majority of patients undergoing Sooma Depression Treatment show significant depression improvement after two weeks. The depression severity can range from mild to severe, although the likelihood of improvement can be higher for milder depression severities. Most patients continue with some form of treatment even after the depression symptoms have gone away to prevent new onset of depression.

Treatment can be safely provided already as a first treatment option for most patients. There are no chemical agents in the treatment, and it can be used without risk of drug interactions. It is also safe to breastfeed when undergoing the treatment. If you have metal implants within your skull or implanted electronic devices such as pacemakers, the treatment is not suitable for you.

The availability of the treatment is growing rapidly, but your local physician might not be aware of the treatment. You may suggest the treatment to your physician, or ask Sooma to contact them.

Suitable for

  • Mild depression

  • Moderate depression

  • Severe depression

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Frequently asked questions

tDCS, or transcranial direct current stimulation, is a modern neuromodulation technique, where a weak electric current is delivered non-invasively to the patient’s brain to cause changes in neuronal activity. These changes can have therapeutic effects in depression and certain other conditions.

You put on a head cap, which is connected to a treatment device. The device delivers a weak electric current via electrodes in the cap to your brain for 30 minutes at a time.  The therapeutic effect for depression is based on the current’s excitatory effect on nerve cells in frontal areas of the brain. The effect is gradual and it is important that you receive stimulation every weekday for at least two weeks. You should not expect to feel any different after one session.

Traditional electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) uses currents starting from 800mA with the intention of causing a brief seizure in the brain. Currents used in tDCS are less than 1% of what is used in ECT, and there is no risk of seizure, memory loss or other associated side effects. You do not need to be anaesthetised for tDCS, and you feel perfectly normal during the treatment session.

The treatment is suitable for most patients regardless of depression severity. Metal implants within the skull or implanted devices that conduct currents are contraindications for treatment.

Discuss the possibility of receiving the treatment with your physician. Decisions about treatments should always be made in co-operation with a physician. You can contact us if your physician does not have the treatment available, so our representative can refer you to a local service provider.

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