Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Holy Grail of Psychiatry

What you are about to read will change your life, or the life of somebody you know. I don’t mean to sound like one of those televised sales pests, but I’m very serious. My visit to the psychiatrist, yesterday, was the most exciting one I’ve ever had. Before I tell you why, let me back up a bit…
Most of you know that my oldest son is medicated for bi-polar disorder. We have been on a long road with him, in hopes of finding answers. I used to blog about our struggles with him in a separate blog, just because it is such a major part of our lives. He was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago, but it became quite obvious that he has more than just hyperactivity issues. After a serious plummet in his mental health, we had him assessed at Loma Linda Behavioral Center. It was the turning point we needed, but also a nightmare to live through. That was last July. Since then, we have been to many therapy appointments and gone through several different medications, just trying to find something that works for him. Watching your child go through mental torture is heart wrenching, to say the least. The process has escalated my own anxiety disorder, because I could not handle the stress of not being able to take his anguish away. Unless you have gone through this with your own kids, you have absolutely no idea how very hellish it is.
Yesterday, Dr. Multani (our psychiatrist,) gave me some news that I never expected to get. He and a few of his colleagues have discovered a test called rEEG (referenced EEG.) The test is like an EKG for the brain. What it does, to put it very simplistically, is tells the doctors exactly what medication/vitamins/ minerals each patient needs to treat their disorder. This covers a wide array of conditions: Depression, anxiety, Bipolar, ADD, Bulimia, OCD, Addiction, Anger and many more. In some cases, the test findings were so shocking, that Dr. Multani was very nervous to tell the patient the news. How could it be that a girl who suffers from Anorexia, could need a medication called Ritalin? Ritalin is a stimulant and quite often, squashes the appetite. Never the less, it is what the test results pointed to. One month later, the girl returned after taking Ritalin, having gained five pounds and happy to report no more food issues.
In most medical studies, the success rate is under 90%. The success rate in this study was predicted to be between 70 and 80 percent. After the case studies were completed….they found a 100% success rate. In plain English….IT WORKS ON EVERYONE. I was in awe as I sat and listened to Dr. Multani tell me about the test. Can you imagine the money and time (not to mention stress) that this is going to save millions of people? MILLIONS of people, BILLIONS of dollars. This test trumps every other brain scan used to find answers to mood disorders. In three years or so, it will be covered by insurance. I’m not even waiting. I want to know for sure what my son has and how to treat it. We are scheduling his appointment ASAP.
If you battle any of these aforementioned conditions or know somebody who does, please feel free to call Dr. Multani and speak with him about this test directly. You really have nothing to lose, but your whole life to gain. I have been given permission to give you Dr. Multani’s number, if you have questions or are ready to take control of your condition. I am rejoicing in the knowledge that my son will have the answers and ability to be on the right medicine or vitamins and move on with his life. I want all of you who love somebody who suffers, to have that same feeling of relief and joy.
Gurmeet Multani, M.D. 909)800-9389
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