The Flow tDCS Headset is a small and portable device designed for at-home use. By delivering a weak current (2mA) to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) via electrodes placed on the forehead, the stimulation activates and strengthens neural pathways. The DLPFC has been shown to be less active in those with depression2. The stimulation helps to reactivate the neural networks associated with regulating emotions and other cognitive functions such as concentration, initiative, memory, and alertness.
Since Flow is able to directly target specific brain areas involved in depression, the side effects are less severe than those from antidepressants3. This patient-friendly headset is one of the first treatment options to provide a non-pharmacological and non-invasive way to target the physical causes of depression without severe side effects.