Annemette Øvlisen
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BBC Short: An electric helmet that might ease depression

A helmet that delivers electro-magnetic impulses to the brain has shown promise in treating people with depression, Danish researchers have said.

About 30% of those with the condition fail to respond to medication or psychological counselling.

The new device targets malfunctioning blood cells in the brain.

In clinical trials two-thirds who used it reported that their symptoms had disappeared, and improvements in mood were noticeable within a week.

Watch a patient describe its effects, and read more about it here.

  • 07 May 2014
  • From the section Home