The future of psychiatry will be through imaging. Currently, psychiatrists are the only medical specialists who rarely look at the organ they treat. Most continue to make diagnoses the same way they did years ago, based on symptom clusters and clinical observations. There is a better way. SPECT imaging is a clinically valuable tool for looking at brain function to help target treatment.
SPECT helps provide new answers to mental health issues and helps clinicians ask better, more targeted questions; such as about brain trauma, infections, ADD symptoms, seizure issues, or past emotional traumas.
The Amen Clinics Method uses SPECT scans along with a detailed clinical history, neuropsychological testing and diagnostic lab tests (when necessary) to help us better understand you and your brain.
Amen Clinics takes a whole person approach and uses SPECT scans to help guide not only medication interventions, but also natural supplements and other innovative treatments.
The information from SPECT scans helps clinicians avoid prescribing the wrong treatments, such as unnecessarily stimulating an already overactive brain or calming one that is underactive.
Follow-up scans can help see which treatments are effective and which are not. It is critical to know if your treatment is helping or hurting your brain.
SPECT scans can reveal forgotten or unknown brain injuries, such as damage from old concussions, exposure to toxins or unexpected infections, which may be complicating symptoms.
SPECT scans can identify the specific areas of the brain hurt by trauma to better target treatment and help deal with insurance, legal, and rehabilitation issues by providing evidence of brain injury.
Scans may be helpful in many legal situations, such as helping judges and juries understand difficult behavior and directing treatment as part of rehabilitation.
ADD, anxiety, depression, addiction, and obesity are not single or simple disorders. One treatment does not fit everyone. Dr. Daniel Amen has described 7 types of ADD, 7 types of anxiety and depression, 6 types of addicts, and 5 types of overeaters. Imaging helps you see the underlying brain problems so treatment can be more targeted.
SPECT scans help determine if you are vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease up to 9 years before you have any symptoms. Treatment and prevention strategies are more effective early in the disease.
SPECT images can show the brain problems underlying addictions, help guide treatment and provide motivation for a healthier brain.
Even if you are not having trouble, SPECT scans can help check the health of your individual brain and screen for any vulnerabilities. They can also serve as baseline information if you develop problems in the future.
Pictures are powerful and can help influence a person’s willingness to accept and follow their treatment program.
SPECT scans help people better understand the root of their problems, which decreases shame, guilt, stigma and self-loathing.
SPECT scans help families understand the underlying medical reasons for behavior issues, which helps increase compassion and understanding while decreasing shame, blame and conflict.
SPECT scans can help motivate abusive or unstable spouses to follow medication protocols by clearly showing the physiological abnormalities which contribute to problems.
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