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Re: Brainwaves predict antidepressant response

Posted by SLS on February 14, 2020, at 20:11:12

In reply to Re: Brainwaves predict antidepressant response, posted by Hugh on February 12, 2020, at 10:29:00

> I hope this catches on. This would be so much better than the current trial and error method of treating depression.

This is good stuff. About 20 years ago, I proposed ideas like this, but I was laughed off the Usenet board. I had thought to start a clearinghouse of a select group of clinicians to keep detailed records of symptoms and treatment responses to drugs and compile a databases to see if their were any associations between symptom clusters and the drugs that best treated them. Then, I thought to develop a PET scan procedure to introduce a series of chemical agents to be used as biological probes and measure how they alter the activities of various brain structures and choose treatments based on the results. Perhaps fMRI would be worth using the same way. Obviously, EEG and other non-invasive tests would be more desirable, but desperate times call for desperate measures. More and more investigations are focusing on other types of biomarkers like measuring substances that serve as indices of inflammation.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw




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