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Why Psychiatry Needs to Add Brain SPECT Imaging, Especially in Complex Cases

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  • Research has negated the outdated view that once you lose brain function, you cannot retrieve it. Studies into brain plasticity shows that this is not true, and that your brain can indeed recover, repair, and regain functionality that was previously lost
  • Brain SPECT imaging looks at how your brain works, and can be a tremendously important tool to help diagnose psychiatric problems and help determine the most appropriate treatment plan
  • Most cases of depression and anxiety are really symptoms of underlying brain dysfunction. For example, depression can arise if brain activity is too low or too high in your frontal lobes. A traumatic brain injury or toxic exposure can also result in symptoms of depression
  • Compulsive disorders are typically associated with over-firing in your brain due to a deficit in the neurotransmitter serotonin. You can boost your serotonin levels naturally, using 5-HTP, L-tryptophan, St. John’s Wort, saffron, and exercise
  • Impulsive disorders are typically associated with low activity in the prefrontal cortex, indicating you have trouble inhibiting your behavior. Boosting serotonin levels will worsen this lack of impulse control. Instead, impulsive disorders are best treated with dopamine-boosting strategies. Natural alternatives include green tea, L-tyrosine, and Rhodiola

By Dr. Mercola

One of my own recent interests has been brain plasticity - the ability of your brain to recover, repair, and regain functionality that had previously been lost. This idea conflicts with the conventional view that once you lose brain function, it's permanently lost.


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