Brain Stimulation Therapy (Overview)


This therapy targets your brain with electricity. That sounds extreme, but our brains actually generate electricity of their own. It's how brain cells send signals back and forth. And by directing electricity into your brain, we can treat certain mental disorders.

Why It is Used

Brain stimulation treats a range of issues. For example, it's used to treat depression and bipolar disorder. It can also treat conditions such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease.


There are many forms of brain stimulation. With some, the source of the electricity is outside your body. It's passed from electrodes or an electromagnetic coil through your scalp and into your brain. Other forms rely on a tiny generator put under your skin. It sends signals along a wire to electrodes placed in your brain.


Brain stimulation therapy can help manage problems in the brain. Ask your healthcare provider for more information.