So you want to try tDCS? Here's what you need to know before you do it yourself...
So you want to try tDCS? Here's what you need to know before you get started...
About to try tDCS brain stimulation for the first time? There are a few things you should know before you get started.
Most people want to try tDCS because they read a scientific paper with amazing claims like the ability to learn faster, train harder or remember more. Many claims have been made both for and against tDCS so you should proceed with some caution.
The study you read that used 2mA was done in a laboratory. It was setup and monitored by trained professionals. You are probably not a trained brain scientist so you need to take extra care when performing DIY Brain stimulation.
If you are under 18 you should stop here. tDCS is not suitable for children and should not be used. This is because your brain is still developing and you don’t need to mess with its neuroplasticity.
The known risks.
There are quite a few risks that you should be aware of before you start. The top three tdcs risks are skin burns, dizziness and headaches. If you suffer from etc...
So why are these acceptable risks to take? what are the benefits of tDCS?
tDCS can help increase your focus, working memory and endurance. These are the only benefits we recommend using tDCS for. If you have a medical condition you are hoping to treat you should not consider foc.us. If you have any medical questions we cannot help you, sorry.
How does tDCS feel? Even at very low current levels tDCS can feel uncomfortable to a lot of people. We do not advise you to try and push through this pain barrier. If it is uncomfortable please just accept that tDCS is not for you. BUt for most, it feels a little tickly or scratchy under the electrodes.
Top 3 DIY tDCS Tips
Wait before repeating
Start slowly - don’t start your first session at the maximum 2mA for 30 mins. Try 0.5mA for 5 minutes and if the sensation is ok slowly increase the current. If you have a foc.us v2 use the calibration function to find your comfort level.
Be aware - if it feels uncomfortable, you should stop. If it feels like burning, you should definitely stop. Those professionals who run the studies would be asking you questions like “does it feel ok?” and if you answer “no” then they would stop the stimulation. You need to ask yourself that same question and answer yourself honestly.
Wait - assuming the stimulation has gone well you may be tempted to do more and repeat it. Avoid that temptation. All of the studies you have read (and the ones you havent read) never repeat the stimulation for at least 24 hours.
If you follow these simple steps you should have a no problems with transcranial direct current stimulation.