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Will that antidepressant work for you? | November 19, 2022

The answer may be in your brain waves.

“Scientists have taken a small step toward personalizing treatment for depression.

A study of more than 300 people with major depression found that brain wave patterns predicted which ones were most likely to respond to the drug sertraline (Zoloft), a team reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

If the approach pans out, it could offer better care for the millions of people in the U.S. with major depression…

For more information, go to  https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/10/804539572/will-that-antidepressant-work-for-you-the-answer-may-lie-in-your-brain-waves?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20200211&utm_term=4394886&utm_campaign=news&utm_id=6400260&orgid=433

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  1. Wow

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    Comment by Flower Roberts — November 19, 2022 @ 9:26 AM

  2. Reblogged this on Disablities & Mental Health Issues.


    Comment by Kenneth — November 19, 2022 @ 9:57 AM

  3. Our 42 year old son suffered a concession back in June. Doctor did CT scan and MRI. All checked out good. He was seeing 3 therapist 2 times a week to get his mind retrained. He had the sensitivity to noise and light, headaches, confusion.Then in October he had bizarre accident where a large calf bumped the side if his head. Since that time ge has ent down hill with weird symptoms. They are he has a type of what i call stare seizures with these is speech can either be normal, slow speech, cannot forms a word, to babbling. This constantly switches through out the day. He able to think ok. He said when he is babbling he has, no thoughts. He has also up a seizure lost the movement of his left arm and his left foot turns sideways and he can only drag it along. I can find no article that describes these conditions at all. We are all very troubled. He goes into the hospital this friday for test and scans over the weekend. Has anyone out there experienced anything lime this. Scared in Kentucky

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    Comment by Nelson Reynolds — November 19, 2022 @ 10:13 AM

  4. I’m sorry, all of these scary symptoms baffle me. I can’t pretend to have an answer, but I hope there is a diagnosis soon so you can get the proper help.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — November 19, 2022 @ 10:19 AM

  5. Yesterday I saw my eye doctor / surgeon who attached my unattached retina in my right eye. As we were talking I said to him how 10 years went by like nothing, since he re attached my retina cause by a grand mal seizure & concussion 10 year ago today at COSTCO when my head hit that concrete floor there. So my seizure condition was never the same since that day 10 years ago. FINALLY last year around this time I took the drug XCOPRI, which maybe I should had been taking for the past 55 years if it was available which it wasn’t. I have now been over 1 year since my last full GRAND MAL seizure that happened on 11-09-21. Still this time of year I HATE, as my 1st ever seizure was 1960 Thanksgiving Day at 5 months old. This XCOPRI is to help adults only ” so they say” and the brain chemistry of adults as I really believe they do not want to help kids with seizures, during their 1st 10 years of life, as I am living proof of that. MORE DRUGS is the kids hope or a gadget or two before brain surgery is the final answer for anyone. I had that road to travel on for 41 years, when my brain surgery was what I wanted to have done, as gadgets were not going to help me after 41 years. Now 20 years later my neurologist told me ” I need to worry about my independence. So imagine that, where you have to be 61 years old for a doctor to tell you that, & you never had any career of any future for 40+ years, which is why I always believe in the middle verse of the bible, that says…. It is better to have trust in the Lord, than to have confidence in man. PSALM 118:8 Also being HAPPY is always depended on circumstances, but having the JOY of the Lord, never leaves you because you know that this earth is NOT your final place in this thing called LIFE. Jesus also said,, If the world hates you, remember they hated me before / first. JOHN 15:18

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    Comment by James D — November 19, 2022 @ 11:29 AM

  6. This makes sense to me …your antidepressant according to your brain waves. 30 years ago I tried Zoloft but it didn’t work to my satisfaction, that was several years before my neurologist discovered why the epilepsy was intractable: because it was on both sides of my brain so s few years later I got a VNS. I still take a couple of medications too…one makes me happy because it triggers ( acronyms are not my forte’ anyways I’m over 65 now) GABA an inhibitory neurotranmitter and I sleep well.

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    Comment by leonchavarria — November 29, 2022 @ 2:03 PM

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