What drives some people to kill another human being or harm themselves? What causes disorders like ADD, anxiety, depression or addictions? Now, thanks to brain SPECT imaging, we can look into the brain and find the structural and cellular root causes.
SPECT Can Prediagnose These Serious Concerns Before They Manifest & Provide Help
Through 200,000 brain scans over nearly 30 years at Amen Clinics, they have used SPECT scans as the basis of preventative treatments in thousands of patients.
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
- 5 types of overeaters
Imaging helps determine your subtype, so treatment can be more targeted.
Currently, psychiatrists are the only medical specialists who very rarely look at the organ they hope to 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 optimal treatment.
This takes it out of the realm of guesswork.
Please take the time: If you suspect there is any mental illness in your family, watch.. it could restore or save a life.
There is a reason this has well over 18 Million views (and over on YouTube, ‘they’ don’t want you to see it). They have banned the video and captioned it, “The following content may contain suicide or self-harm topics.”
Looking Into PTSD, ADD and Traumatic Brain Injuries:
These 4 actual patients in the following video were suffering from a variety of mental health conditions, including PTSD, ADD, and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Learn how a diagnostic SPECT scan was able to reveal the root of their issues and the proper treatment to help them feel themselves again.
Symptoms Can Be the Same, But Treatments Must Be Individualized
Of the servicemen and women who’ve returned from combat, more than 100,000 have been diagnosed with PTSD. And over 300,000 more have been told they have a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
In many cases, symptoms are exactly the same: insomnia, anxiety, irritability, poor concentration and limited impulse control.
Yet, the treatments for these two conditions are very different.
The problem is, there hasn’t been a consistently accurate diagnostic test to distinguish between PTSD and TBI.
SPECT imaging shows clear differences in the brains of people with TBI or PTSD and show with 80 – 100% accuracy whether someone has TBI, PTSD or both.
“My colleagues and I have learned that you can change people’s brains [for the better], and when you do, you can literally change their lives.” ~Dr. Daniel Amen
Traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of psychiatric illness and violence
Few people know about the link between traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and mental health problems because most psychiatrists never look at the brain.
TBIs are associated with an increased risk of violent behavior, including suicide and murder. According to research in The Journal of Neuroscience, the rate of aggression and violence after a TBI can be as much as 35%-90%.
Understanding the difference is huge. Physical damage from TBIs can depress brain activity.
***If a doctor mistakes TBI for PTSD and prescribes sedatives that are often helpful for that condition, those drugs can further dampen cerebral function and worsen symptoms.***
Unfortunately, current and past methods of treating mental health disorders don’t actually look at what was happening inside the brain. It’s a ‘guessing game’ based on symptoms without knowing the real cause, location, or severity of the issue. The good news is now, with the accurate technology of SPECT scans, we can get a clear picture of what is happening in the brain to get real solutions.
“Diagnoses reported as ‘real illnesses’ are in fact made on the basis of inconsistent and contradictory patterns of largely arbitrary criteria.” “Diagnostic labels create the illusion of an explanation they are scientifically meaningless.” ~ScienceDirect, new study, published in Psychiatry Research
On August 18th, 2015, Chris Harper Mercer, the gunman responsible for the murders of 9 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on October 1st, wrote on his Facebook page: ‘I have a pill bottle with like five types of pills mixed in. I don’t know which ones are the sleep aids so I just took four of each.” (source)
Could one cause of the carnage of school shootings and other rampant violence be right under our noses? 8 Million US Kids Taking Psychiatric Drugs: Parents Unaware of Deadly Risks
SPECT Can Help
In the 1970s, scientists began using SPECT to study the brain. Today, SPECT helps provide new answers to mental health issues and helps clinicians ask better, more targeted questions re: Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, seizures, “bipolar”, strokes, infections, past emotional traumas, TBIs, chemical exposure, Lyme disease, brain inflammation, substance abuse and drug toxicity.
Discover Magazine listed Dr. Daniel Amen’s brain imaging research as the top neuroscience story for 2015. He is a double board-certified psychiatrist and ten-time New York Times bestselling author, with Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Healing ADD, Memory Rescue, Captain Snout: How to Calm Anxiety and Conquer Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs), and The Daniel Plan.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~James 1:5
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