Brainwave Test for Patients or Profit?

Brainwave Test for Patients or Profit?

There are 9 comments on the ABC News story from Jul 17, 2013, titled Brainwave Test for Patients or Profit?. In it, ABC News reports that:

A wiry weave of brainwave-reading electrodes designed to detect signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is drawing skepticism from experts who say behavior trumps brain activity when diagnosing ADHD.

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HumanSpirit

High Springs, FL

#8 Jul 18, 2013
More corruption in mental health research for profits.
Vaccines Cause Autism

Winnipeg, Canada

#11 Aug 16, 2013
Its all about KA-CHING
HumanSpirit

Lake Butler, FL

#12 Aug 16, 2013
Vaccines Cause Autism wrote:
Its all about KA-CHING
Don't overlook the power and the ALEC plans for a Republican coup d'├ętat.
PMNS

Tampa, FL

#13 Aug 24, 2013
What drug company paid for the creation of this "test" ?

Lots of posts removed from this thread, why is that ?

I think this is a scam to label more kids "bipolar" by having a negative adhd "test".
HumanSpirit

Branford, FL

#14 Aug 25, 2013
I assume we have a monitor making judgment in this mental health forum based on their convictions or a payoff or kickback is happening by some interested party between Topix and the mental Health or Pharmaceutical Industry.

To Many posts in different threads and in some cases entire postings are gone.
Vaccines Cause illness

Winnipeg, Canada

#15 Aug 25, 2013
HumanSpirit

Branford, FL

#16 Aug 27, 2013
Can Brain Scans See Depression?

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Snips from the article:

After almost 30 years, researchers have not developed any standardized tool for diagnosing or treating psychiatric disorders based on imaging studies.

Psychiatrists still consider imaging technologies like M.R.I., for magnetic resonance imaging, and PET, for positron emission topography, to be crucial research tools. And the scanning technologies are invaluable as a way to detect physical problems like head trauma, seizure activity or tumors. Moreover, the experts point out, progress in psychiatry is by its nature painstakingly slow, and decades of groundwork typically precede any real advances.

Studies using brain scans to measure levels of brain activity often suffer from the same problem: what looks like a "hot spot" of activity change in one person's brain may be a normal change in someone else's.
"The differences observed are not in and of themselves outside the range of variation seen in the normal population," said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of the psychiatry department at Columbia University Medical Center and director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
To make matters even more complicated, many findings are disputed. In people with severe depression, for instance, researchers have found apparent shrinkage of a part of the temporal lobe called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory. But other investigators have not been able to replicate this finding, and people with injuries to the hippocampus typically suffer amnesia, not depression, psychiatrists say.
For problems like attention-deficit disorder and bipolar disorder, the experts say, psychiatrists have much less research on which to base their theories.
Most fundamentally, imaging research has not answered the underlying question that the technology itself has raised: which comes first, the disease or the apparent difference in brain structure or function that is being observed?

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For a definitive answer, researchers would need to follow thousands of people from childhood through adulthood, taking brain scans regularly, and matching them with scans from peers who did not develop a disorder, experts say. Given the expense and difficulty, such a study may never be done, Dr. Hyman said.

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There Are No "Chemical Imbalances"

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HumanSpirit

Branford, FL

#17 Aug 27, 2013
The mental health industry (psychiatry) is nothing more than a method of social control..."

"I believe the practice of medicine is predicated on something called the "medical model," which doctors learn in medical school that has a set of procedures by which they practice medicine. To me, a diagnosis is dependent on a pathology: something requiring a physical exam, X-rays, EKG, EEG, fluid specimen. Psychiatry, Psychologist, psychotherapist" do not have a medical model and there is no test for chemical imbalance according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Psychiatry to me is misplaced in academia and belongs in social medicine. Psychology should be part of anthropology and brains are topics of biology.

There is no evident based medicine and "no test" for chemical imbalance. There is no clear definition of what they are doing on ECT and how much memory would be erased or the damage to the biological tissue of the brain by the voltage and current. The same with psychotropic drugs.

. If an orthopedic surgeon operated on a patient without an Xray or MRI he would washing cars the next morning, yet, we allow psychiatry to alter the mind with prescriptions of psychotropic drugs and shock therapy without any checks and balances

The industry is political.

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HumanSpirit

Branford, FL

#18 Aug 27, 2013
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snip:

After almost 30 years, researchers have not developed any standardized tool for diagnosing or treating psychiatric disorders based on imaging studies.

Psychiatrists still consider imaging technologies like M.R.I., for magnetic resonance imaging, and PET, for positron emission topography, to be crucial research tools. And the scanning technologies are invaluable as a way to detect physical problems like head trauma, seizure activity or tumors. Moreover, the experts point out, progress in psychiatry is by its nature painstakingly slow, and decades of groundwork typically precede any real advances.

Studies using brain scans to measure levels of brain activity often suffer from the same problem: what looks like a "hot spot" of activity change in one person's brain may be a normal change in someone else's.

"The differences observed are not in and of themselves outside the range of variation seen in the normal population," said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of the psychiatry department at Columbia University Medical Center and director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

To make matters even more complicated, many findings are disputed. In people with severe depression, for instance, researchers have found apparent shrinkage of a part of the temporal lobe called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory. But other investigators have not been able to replicate this finding, and people with injuries to the hippocampus typically suffer amnesia, not depression, psychiatrists say.

For problems like attention-deficit disorder and bipolar disorder, the experts say, psychiatrists have much less research on which to base their theories.

Most fundamentally, imaging research has not answered the underlying question that the technology itself has raised: which comes first, the disease or the apparent difference in brain structure or function that is being observed?

Snip:

For a definitive answer, researchers would need to follow thousands of people from childhood through adulthood, taking brain scans regularly, and matching them with scans from peers who did not develop a disorder, experts say. Given the expense and difficulty, such a study may never be done, Dr. Hyman said.

Pasted from < http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/18/health/psyc ... ;

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