tDCS for the Treatment of the Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia


Study Description: Schizophrenia has mainly two categories of symptoms 1) positive symptoms and 2) negative symptoms. The hallucinations, delusions and disorganized behavior constitute the positive symptoms. The negative symptoms consist of social withdrawal, lack of motivation, lack of interest, poverty of speech and cognitive deficits. The initial research on tDCS shows efficacy in patients suffering from auditory hallucinations. This study is to evaluate if tDCS can benefit patients with negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

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     (706) 792-7085
    ssurya@augusta.edu

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Principal Investigator: Sandarsh Surya

Eligibility Criteria: A diagnosis of schizophrenia confirmed by the MINI PLUS 6.0 A BNSS (Brief Negative Symptom Scale) score of > 40. A score of 2 (very mild) to 3 (mild) on questions 8, 10,11,12,15, and 17 on the BPRS (Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale).

Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.

Compensation Explanation: The participants will be paid based on the table below. They will only be paid for actual treatment visits. The total the participant will receive is $150. Treatment 1-$5 Treatment 6- $5 Treatment 11-$5 Treatment 16-$5 Treatment 21-$5 Treatment 26-$5 Treatment 2- $5 Treatment 7- $5 Treatment 12- $5 Treatment 17- $5 Treatment 22- $5 Treatment 27- $5 Treatment 3- $5 Treatment 8- $5 Treatment 13- $5 Treatment 18- $5 Treatment 23- $5 Treatment 28- $5 Treatment 4- $5 Treatment 9- $5 Treatment 14- $5 Treatment 19- $5 Treatment 24- $5 Treatment 29- $5 Treatment 5- $5 Treatment 10- $5 Treatment 15- $5 Treatment 20- $5 Treatment 25- $5 Treatment 30- $5

 

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