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Igal Koiman,MBA,MHA

Amen Clinic
Psychiatry

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Brisbane, CA 94005
United States

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22

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What Makes the Amen Clinics Unique? One of the unique aspects of our work is that we use a sophisticated brain imaging study called SPECT to help us understand and treat our patients. Our brain imaging work has taught us so many valuable lessons and has led us more and more in the direction of using natural treatments to optimize the brain whenever possible For example, one lesson we have learned from imaging is that most psychiatric illnesses are not single or simple disorders and they all have multiple types. Based on our brain imaging work we have identified: 7 different types of anxiety and depression6 different types of ADD5 different types of obesity.

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Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) is dedicated to improving the lives of every patient and family we serve through education, the latest advances in neuroimaging and laboratory testing, and individualized treatment plans. We believe in using the least toxic, most effective treatments for our patients, and use a wide variety of interventions from natural supplements, medications, dietary interventions and targeted forms of psychotherapy. Established in 1989, ACI has amassed the world’s largest databases of functional brain (SPECT) scans related to behavioral problems. Dr. Daniel Amen, a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, started this work by simply ordering brain SPECT studies on his own patients in 1991. Immediately, Dr. Amen saw how helpful this technology was in understanding patients, targeting treatments, and helping patients understand they were dealing with brain illnesses rather than character problems. In his experience scans were clinically helpful in understanding ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, Aspergers Syndrome, learning disabilities, dyslexia, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, Alzheimer’s, addictions, substance abuse, violence, suicidal behavior, marital conflicts, work problems, behavior disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders as well as other types of mental illnesses in children, teenagers and adults. As he saw how helpful SPECT scans were in the day-to-day diagnosis and treatment of patients he was sure that imaging researchers around the globe would soon establish ways for these scans to be used by clinicians. He waited and waited. There was ever-growing scientific literature on imaging, but nothing on how to apply it to clinical practice. In fact, applying this technology to direct patient care was discouraged. “Not yet,” he heard. “It is still experimental.” So, “state-of-the-art” in the diagnosis of psychiatric patients is still through clinical interview and symptoms clusters. Not much better than 150 years ago. Psychiatrists remain the only medical specialists that never look at the organ they treat. A person can try to kill himself today in LA, New York City, Memphis or Seattle and none of his treating psychiatric professionals will look specifically at how his brain works. Based on our experience at the Amen Clinics this position is unconscionable. To better understand our services we have an analogy to explain our approach to psychiatric care: Imagine that your car is having problems. It stalls in the middle of intersections, it uses too much gas, or it backfires on a regular basis. So, you take your car to a mechanic to get it checked out. Imagine, then, that the mechanic listens to your story of problems, puts his hand on the hood and tells you that you need a new transmission — without ever popping the hood or turning the engine on. Would you let this person work on your car? Probably not! The brain is a much more complex system than your car. It is involved in everything we do. When the brain works right, we tend to work right, when the brain is impaired, so are we. Yet, many professionals treat complicated behavioral or emotional challenges with out ever looking at the brain. Just like car technicians have tools to diagnose what is going on with a car, medical professionals need tools to aid in the diagnosis of brain-based challenges. We have found brain SPECT scans to be a very useful tool. At this point, ACI has an international reputation for using brain SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) imaging for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment recommendations relating to mental health. SPECT is a mature imaging technology that has been used for over 20 years in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical disorders, including heart disease, thyroid illnesses, bone abnormalities and cancer. ACI has further developed this technology to help patients and professionals better understand and treat various mental health disorders.

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