Behavioral Problems

Do you know someone who is struggling with one or more of these behavioral problems?

  • Defiance
  • Aggression
  • Impulsive tendencies
  • Compulsive tendencies
  • Irritability

Behavioral problems are often symptoms of an unhealthy brain, which, when treated properly, often shows significant improvement.

How Amen Clinics Can Help

At Amen Clinics, we know that no two people are alike, and that there are many factors, including brain activity, that play a role in mental health and its effects on behavior at school and at work. We treat each person as an individual, and perform a detailed history before performing brain scans or recommending any treatment program.

SPECT Imaging

SPECT imaging is a special kind of photograph we take of the brain to help us better understand how it works and what is going on inside of it. SPECT can specifically help children and adults with behavioral problems by:

  • Helping identify the type of brain activity pattern to inform treatment decisions
  • Monitoring how well treatment is working
  • Finding out if there are other co-occurring conditions that need treatment
  • Reducing emotional pain and stigma by demonstrating that symptoms and behaviors are not imaginary
  • Increasing treatment compliance by showing images of results
  • Helping families gain a better understanding of the brain pattern through visuals

Breakthrough Discovery: Types of Behavioral Problems

There is substantial imaging research on behavioral problems that demonstrates the importance of brain scans when addressing behavioral issues, including several studies published by Amen Clinics. There isn’t one single kind of behavioral problem—our research has shown that there are at least three different types that require different treatments:
  • Impulsive issues (often from low activity in the prefrontal cortex)
  • Compulsive tendencies (usually due to high activity in the anterior cingulate gyrus)
  • Temporal lobe problems, often associated with being irritable or having memory issues

Knowing which type of brain pattern or combination of patterns you have is essential to getting the right help.

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