Reversing Depression and Memory Problems: Leiza’s Story
When you hurt, you want to feel better now, fast, pronto! That is what hurting people want. No one wants to be patient. No one wants a prolonged process. They want to feel better fast, and they want it to last.
Leiza was 50 years old when she first came to Amen Clinics Atlanta. She brought her teenage son to us for ADHD because he had not responded to treatment. She also decided to be scanned because, as she said, “I’m very scattered, always late, and my memory is poor. My father and his mother had dementia, and I don’t want it.”
Chronic Memory Problems
She had been an actor and then a stay-at-home mother for 20 years. As her children were becoming more independent, she wanted to act again, but she didn’t believe she could. She told one of her friends, “I could never go back to work. I can’t remember anything. I can’t focus. I can’t make any decisions.”
The two years before Leiza came to see us were the most challenging in her life. She had felt a lot of anxiety while taking care of her son’s learning disabilities, her daughter’s depression, and her father’s dementia, and in dealing with the death of her mother-in-law. With the chronic stress, Leiza noticed more problems with her memory. She would make appointments and then forget to show up, despite having put the appointment on her calendar.
How SPECT Helped Leiza
As part of our workup of Leiza, we did a brain imaging study called SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography), which looks at blood flow and activity—essentially, how the brain works. Her SPECT scan showed severely decreased blood flow across her whole brain, which was very concerning given the family history of Alzheimer’s disease. Our research and that of others has shown that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia start in the brain decades before people have any symptoms. Leiza was already symptomatic, and her brain showed that she was headed for the same fate as her father and grandmother.
Leiza’s scan was the wake-up call she needed to get serious about rehabilitating her brain now if she wanted to feel better fast. She started taking targeted supplements and doing a treatment called hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Within several months she noticed a significant improvement in her mood, focus, and memory. She started to audition for television and landed a lead role in a TV pilot as the FBI Director. She said none of it would have been possible without rehabilitating and caring for her brain. Her follow-up scan two years later showed remarkable improvement, which is something we have seen repeatedly over the past three decades. Your brain can be better and you can feel better!
The Missing Strategy To Feeling Better Fast
One of the most important secrets to our success at Amen Clinics is that we focus first on understanding, healing, and optimizing the physical functioning of the brain (hardware), and second on properly programming it (software). Both always work together, and if you ignore one while only working on the other, you will have a harder time consistently feeling better.
Dealing with a condition like Leiza’s can be challenging, especially when symptoms are compounded by a number of other issues. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal brain health. One of the best ways we can accomplish that is with the use of brain SPECT imaging. If you want to read more stories like Leiza’s, we recommend reading Dr. Amen’s new book, “Feel Better Fast and Make It Last.” You can order the book by clicking here.
For more information on how SPECT imaging can help provide a customized treatment plan to help heal your brain, call us today at 888-288-9834 or visit us online to schedule a visit.