For years, less-informed individuals have told people with mental illness, “It’s all in your head.” According to research from the Human Brain Project, they may not be entirely wrong. Disparagement aside, scientists are using a procedure called brain mapping to examine regions of an active human brain. By pinpointing certain anomalies in the brain, scientists hope to discover diseases such as schizophrenia in their incipient stages in order to prevent their progression. Brain mapping is one of many therapies Sovereign Health Group uses to treat clients with mental illness. Please read below to find out more about brain mapping and other research on the brain and mental illness.
Sovereign Health does not treat addiction or mental illness; we treat people. We understand a person is not defined by a chemical or by a chemical imbalance in her brain. We believe each person is unique; therefore, his treatment, be it for substance abuse or mental illness, must also be unique. We create treatment regimens specific to the individual. Our success depends on your success.
Over the past ten years, scientists have made remarkable technological advancements which allow them to study hitherto unexplored regions of the brain. Brain mapping is one of these advancements. This procedure maps biological mass into dimensional representations of the brain. Brain mapping enables clinicians to monitor the behavior of brain regions. By monitoring these regions, clinicians can identify abnormalities caused by substance abuse or related to a mental health disorder.
The Human Brain Project (HPB) is an international consortium located in Europe. Scientists from all over the world conduct research at HBP. One study involved a postmortem magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the brain of a 65-year-old female. Scientists sectioned her brain into ultrathin specimens. The MRI yielded over 7,000 images of her brain. Scientists used these images to create a three-dimensional brain atlas. This atlas has 50 times the resolution of prior brain maps and allows the scientists to view details as small as 20 micrometers—roughly the size of a human cell.
Brain mapping techniques are continually evolving. In the United States, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative (BRAIN) is a partnership between federal agencies and private-sector partners. The goal of BRAIN is to develop technology that will accelerate discoveries and improve the health and quality of life for individuals who have mental illness, epilepsy, brain cancer and other neurological conditions.
Stanford University neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth developed the Clarity method, which allows researchers to illuminate opaque areas of brain imaging. Comprehensive brain mapping, made possible by the advancements at HBP, BRAIN and Deisseroth’s method, essentially creates a computer simulation of the entire brain. This simulation captures changes in the brain that impact an individual’s mood, behavior and emotions. Brain mapping allows scientists to monitor these changes and to identify various disorders such as schizophrenia or depression.
Mental health professionals use brain mapping to identify the neurological cues that lead to addictive behavior. Identifying these cues allows counselors to create treatment plans tailored specifically to the individual’s addictive behavior. Contingent upon a patient’s consent, counselors use the results from brain mapping to diagnose primary and co-occurring conditions. For example, drug addiction exacerbating schizophrenia or alcohol abuse compounding depression.
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