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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Haunted California - Amen Clinic

  • Newport Beach, California, USA
  • San Francisco, California, USA
  • Bellevue, Washington, USA
  • Reston, Virginia, USA
Operation Time: N/A
Type: Not Kirkbride Plan

Psychologist Daniel Amen claims that it is possible to use SPECT brain imaging to help diagnose and manage causes of brain trauma, under achievement, depression, school failure, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety, ADD, cognitive decline, aggressiveness, and brain damage from drugs or alchol. Amen believes it's possible to notice which parts of the brain are out of balance, and allegedly make more accurate diagnosis of mental issues and creating ways of fixing them. Dr. Amen has said that psychiatrists are the only medical specialists that never actually look at the organ they treat. To date, these clinics have the world's largest database of functional brain scans used in psychiatric medicine at 65,000. The clinic claims via their website/books that they're able to create better and more effective treatments because of SPECT imaging. However, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has questioned the use of SPECT, stating "The clinical utility of neuroimaging techniques for planning of individualized treatment has not yet been shown." The clinic has not proven whether or not that SPECT leads to better outcomes. Despite this, a majority of the patients are happy with their treatment.

Key Points
  • Uses SPECT imaging to help diagnose mental illnesses.

Key People
  • Daniel Amen - a psychiatrist who uses SPECT brain imaging
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