The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of a novel treatment, low intensity focused ultrasound pulsation (LIFUP) for treatment resistant depression (TRD). The initial visit will involve consent and an MRI scan, followed by two more visits treatment visits over the course of one week. During the first treatment day, participants will receive either focused ultrasound or sham stimulation. On the second treatment day, all participants will receive focused ultrasound. Response and potential side effects will be monitored pre- and post- each treatment along with one week and one month follow-up assessments.
By doing this study, we hope to learn if a brief screening method can predict which people are most likely to show a positive response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications. This brief screening method involves using electrodes attached to your scalp via a cap, to measure electrical brain activity in response to a series of loud tones.
Your participation in this research will last about 17-21 weeks if you decide to stay for the whole study.