Therapeutic use of transcranial Alternative Current Stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Subject area of study: 
Mental Health, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Title of study: 
Therapeutic use of transcranial Alternative Current Stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Brief outline of the study: 

The Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health is seeking volunteers between the ages of 18 and 65 with no history of mental health conditions OR a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to help us investigate whether a novel brain stimulation method called transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) can be used to treat OCD.

Participation as a healthy control will involve visiting Epworth HealthCare, Camberwell for one EEG session and no treatments will be administered. EEG is a non-invasive, safe procedure that is used to capture brain waves. You will be reimbursed $50 for your time and travel costs.

Participation as an individual with a diagnosis of OCD will involve two EEG sessions that are 6 weeks apart and at-home tACS treatments for the duration in-between these sessions. Stimulation with tACS is safe, pain-free and administered via a handheld, battery-driven, portable device.You will be reimbursed $40 for each EEG session.

Department: 
Psychiatry - Epworth
Recruitment start date: 
Thu, 08/10/2020
Recruitment end date: 
Sat, 31/12/2022
Contact person title: 
Ms
Contact person first name: 
Prabhavi
Contact person last name: 
Perera
Contact email: 
magelage.perera@monash.edu
Contact phone number: 
(03) 9805 4163
Ethics Committee Project Number: 
RES-20-0000-265A
Do you have advertising approval?: 
Yes
Approved by: 
Monash