Sooma Depression Therapy for patients2018-10-09T11:01:20+00:00
Sooma Depression Therapy

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

Sooma Depression Therapy offers a safe and effective relief from depression. Majority of patients get significant help in just three weeks1. Patients in over 30 countries have benefited from the therapy since it was launched in 2014. Moreover, the therapy is painless and 84% of patients complete the treatment course successfully. Ask your physician about the possibility of receiving Sooma Depression Therapy or find a provider below.

84% of patients complete their treatment course successfully

Up to 59% of patients gain significant help in three weeks

Sooma Treatment Outcomes. N= 227. Scale: HAMD or MADRS

Please note that Sooma does not offer treatment services. You may access Sooma therapies through your physician. If your physician is unaware of this treatment option, you may suggest the treatment yourself or ask us to contact your physician.

What is Sooma Depression Therapy?

Sooma Depression Therapy uses a modern form of brain stimulation to relieve symptoms of depression. The therapy consists of thirty-minute treatment sessions that are repeated once-a-day for two to three weeks. The treatment effect is achieved gradually during the therapy and you should not expect to feel different after one session. During a treatment session, you may sit back and relax or take part in various forms of therapeutic activities. While you relax, a constant low-strength current stimulates your brain in order to help relieve depression symptoms.

The treatment is painless and there is no risk for any serious side effects. 84% of patients complete their treatment course successfully1. The following video shows how a treatment session is started:

“I could laugh again”

– 28-year old patient with recurrent treatment resistant depression since high-school

What does Sooma Depression Therapy involve?

Before starting a session, you should remove anything metallic from near the treatment site, such as jewelry, eye-glasses, or hairpins. You should also refrain from applying hairspray or hair gel until after you have completed your daily session.

Sooma Depression Therapy head cap and stimulation device

During the treatment session, two electrodes are placed on your head. A single-use stimulation pad forms a soft surface between the electrodes and your scalp, and helps the electric current to pass through your hair. This means that you are not required to be bald or to shave your head.

The electrodes are placed on your head using a head cap. The head cap positions the electrodes over the targeted brain regions and keeps the electrodes firmly in place during treatment. All that is required of you is that you put on the head cap and make sure that:

  1. The middle-seam is in line with your nose
  2. The lower edge of the cap is above your eyebrows

The treatment device has a single control button which is used to start and pause the stimulation. Everything else, including ending the session, is automated for your convenience.

When the treatment begins, you may feel a small itching under the electrodes. This is completely harmless and the sensation will start to fade soon after the session is started. The treatment device is portable and moving around during the session is possible. This means that the stimulation can be done while you conduct activities such as reading, cooking, walking you dog, doing office work and so on. You may assume normal routines and activities right after the session.

While participating in Sooma Depression Therapy, you are asked to record your mood every day. This allows your physician to monitor your progress efficiently.

The records are collected using a mobile application. The application does not store personal details or confidential information. Only that which you choose to record is stored. Alternatively, you can choose to keep a written diary.

Mobile application for recording mood
Are there any side effects or restrictions with Sooma Depression Therapy?

Typical side effects you may encounter include an itching sensation during the stimulation and a slight, transient headache. You may also experience some skin redness on the treatment site after the session. If you feel fatigued or alert after a session, you may adjust the time of your daily session.

Continuation treatment with some form of therapy is often recommended to maintain the effects of the treatment and ensure that the depression symptoms do not return.

You may not participate in Sooma Depression Therapy if you have metal implants inside your skull. If you have a pacemaker or acute eczema on the stimulation site this may also counteract the therapy. If you have had surgery in the head area you must wait for a minimum of 6 months before participating in Sooma Depression Therapy. The use of nicotine products and alcohol should be avoided during Sooma Depression Therapy.

Please note that Sooma does not offer treatment services. You may access Sooma therapies through your physician. If your physician is unaware of this treatment option, you may suggest the treatment yourself or ask us to contact your physician.

Patient during a session of Sooma Depression Therapy

The majority of patients undergoing Sooma Depression Treatment show significant depression improvement after two to three weeks1. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has released a supportive statement about the technique for depression treatment3. The European evidence-based guideline gave a level B (probable efficacy) recommendation4. The National Institute of Care Excellence has also issued a guidance on the technique5. After the therapy, most patients continue with some form of treatment to prevent new onset of depression.

Sooma Depression Therapy can be safely chosen already as a first treatment option. There are no chemical agents involved that would affect your whole body. The therapy can be used as an add-on therapy without a risk of dangerous drug interactions. It is also safe to breastfeed when undergoing the treatment.

References

  1. Sooma – Treatment Outcomes (2018) Available online: https://soomamedical.com/blog/new-and-updated-outcomes-for-sooma-depression-therapy/
  2. Bikson M, et al. Safety of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: Evidence Based Update 2016. Brain Stimul. 2016 Sep-Oct;9(5):641-61.
  3. The Royal College of Psychiatrists – Position statement CERT04/17 (2017) Available online: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/Transcranial%20direct%20current%20stimulation%20-%20ECT%20ctee%20statement%20Feb%2017.pdf
  4. Lefaucheur JP et al. Evidence-based guidelines on the therapeutic use of transcranial direct current stimulation(tDCS). Clin Neurophysiol. 2017 Jan;128(1):56-92.
  5. National Institute of Care Excellence – Interventional guidance IPG530 (2015) Available online: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg530
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