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Re: rEEG System Helps Guide Prescribing Daniel Hoffman, M.D.

Posted by Jakeman on March 20, 2005, at 13:14:11

In reply to Re: rEEG System Helps Guide Prescribing, posted by Daniel Hoffman, M.D. on March 19, 2005, at 17:12:20

> I ran across this thread and thought I'd shed some light on this confusion. A QEEG is a digital EEG (previous EEG's cannot be used to extract the data you want). What you DO with the data is the important issue. Everything in this thread has been talking about different uses than the article or the medication effects you're searching for. An rEEG is a "referenced" EEG originally done by years of research from 2 very bright and ethical scientist. The digital EEG is sent through a database that correlates the brain's electrical activity with the drug's known effects on the brainwaves. Therefore a more precise statistical analysis can, in essence, produce a report whereby people with your brainwaves have "X" probability of a positive response with the medication or combination of medications suggested. For those of us who've used this, our independant analysis seems to range from 72-95% success (being defined as "was the database either essential or very important" in getting the patient to our final regieme. I can no longer see practicing psychiatry without something like this. We are beyond the point of "throwing it against the wall to see what sticks" and this is the beginning of a new horizon, I believe. The website for the company is
> Daniel Hoffman, M.D. - Neuropsychiatrist

Dr. Hoffman,
Thanks for your input and clearing up some of the confusion. A very common complaint on this board is the difficulty in finding a physician who will do more than just "throw against the wall and see what sticks." In my case I've tried at least 15 anti-depressants over the last 10 years. Some of the SSRI's worked well at first but pooped out over the course of a year or so. So I seem to have evolved into a treatment resistant individual. I'm wondering if rEEG takes into account the poop-out factor that is so prevalent these days. I'm assuming that rEEG would not provide any info on underlying physical problems that could cause or being contributing factors in depression, such as nutritional deficiencies or problems with hormones or metabolism.

Do you have any suggestions about how one could find a psychiatrist who uses rEEG? I noticed the site listed only three practictioners.

Thanks for your comments. -Jake




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