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Psychotherapy and Brain Function

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Daniel G. Amen, MD, is a psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, the CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc. and best selling author.

In a recent article on the Psychology Today web site, he answered 7 questions. Two of them were this:

3. What mistakes do therapists make that hinder the therapeutic process?

The biggest mistake I see is that they rarely consider the brain. I often say psychiatrists are the only medical specialists that never look at the organ they treat. How crazy is that!

How do we know unless we look?

We call people who have brain damage personality disordered? We call people with toxic exposure resistant to treatment? We think of depression as a singular illness, when it has many types, like chest pain. We need to do much better and it will start when we really take brain function seriously.

4. In your opinion, what is the ultimate goal of therapy?

Better brain function. I am convinced therapy goes much faster, and patients are better able to do their own lives when you help your patients have better brain function.

The other questions and answers are here:
Unchain Your Brain

Our son had Click Here! and also used drugs. We took him for evaluation and a brain scan at an Amen Clinic. It was informative.

But I would suggest before people have a brain scan, they should have extensive lab tests that check for food allergies, heavy metal toxicities, essential fatty acid deficiencies, amino acid deficiencies, vitamin & mineral imbalances, etc. Then get the proper nutrients into the body that are necessary to balance the brain and body.

I don’t understand why any doctors in the field would not use all tools at their disposal before giving any drugs. What I know now, I would never have given our son Ritalin in elementary school since it has a similar effect on the brain as Cocaine!

Dr. Amen is right when he states that “when the brain works right, we work right”.

I urge you to get extensive functional lab tests before treatment. How can you treat someone without really knowing what is going on inside the body!? If you don’t test, you’ve guessed!

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