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THE WORLDWIDE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Within all systems of health worldwide, mental health remains the unrelenting nemesis, impacting on all levels of society!
Suicides continue to escalate, A & E departments are overcrowded with ‘psych’ patients, corridors often cluttered with ‘meth’ addicts, while community services are totally outstripped!
Why is it, despite immeasurable endeavours of Governments, agencies & providers, globally, this tragic human fallout of mental health continues?

How

How can we, as health professionals, dealing with patients emotional and behavioural issues on a day-to-day basis address this crisis?

We must

embrace a significant paradigm shift in psychiatric thinking & patient mental health evaluation.

No longer can we remain with the past flawed & outdated methodologies.”

Dr. J Clarkson 2001

The recent DSM 5

advocates “Mental health professionals move towards obtaining:

‘a multi-disordered psychiatric diagnostic assessment’

for each individual patient. The more pertinent information available on a subject will always aid and lead to a better treatment to be formulated”

Regarding the DSM5 Dr Clarkson's response:

Achieving this ‘multi-disordered psychiatric diagnostic assessment’ when the patient first presents (or when they fail to get better!)

‘This is the doctor’s DIAGNOSTIC DILEMMA

Dr. J Clarkson 2005

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WHAT IS A SPECT SCAN?

[Single Photon Emission Computerised Tomography]

SPECT is a functional nuclear medicine study that looks directly at the flow of blood to the different regions of brain [cerebral blood flow] and indirectly at a patient’s brain cells metabolism and chemical [neurotransmitter] activity. In other words, how their brain is working.

A harmless radioactive isotope bound to molecules is injected into the patient’s blood stream, where it travels to the brain to be taken up in different sites depending on the activity of the neurone’s receptors at that site.

The patient then lies still for approximately 15 minutes while the SPECT camera takes its images which are reconstructed into coloured 3-D images and slices by modern computer technology. With these sophisticated images physicians are able to map and then identify certain patterns of brain activity that correlate with psychiatric and neurological conditions.

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How Can We As Professionals

in the field of mental health, dealing with patients emotional and behavioural issues on a day-to-day basis address this crisis?

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- Dr John Clarkson circa 2001

“We must embrace a significant paradigm shift in psychiatric thinking & patient mental health evaluation.
No longer can we remain with the past flawed & outdated methodologies.”

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Mobile testing

The N.P.Q. is currently being developed into a mobile application for both IOS and android.

Currently in testing phase the release date should be announced soon.

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The Neurodiagnostic Protocol [NDP]

 

1. Global Mind Screen [GMS]


2. Neurodiagnostic Patient Questionnaire 
[NPQ]

 

3. Neurodiagnostic Consultation [NDC]

 

4. Functional Brain Imaging [i.e. SPECT]

 

5. Neurodiagnostic Stimulant Questionnaire [NSQ]

6. ‘OTHERS’

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Today, there is not a single person who has not suffered or experienced emotional or psychological difficulties, either personally or in close others. Depression, youth suicide and addictions have reached epidemic proportions; panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive thinking or having experienced a horrific event, only to be left with nightmares, flashbacks or social avoidance (PTSD), are almost commonplace.

Sadly, there are a proportion of those suffering from these conditions who failed to seek help. Whilst amongst those that do, a significant percentage fail to respond to medical and psychological interventions despite the best efforts of all involved. Until recently, the medical profession have been unable to fully comprehend patient’s symptoms or uncharacteristic behaviours in terms of what was actually happening to the neuro-chemistry within their brains! This in part, was due to the unavailability of the ‘normal’ functioning brain databases which could then be used as a comparison for patients suffering from a range of psychiatric disorders, such anxiety or depression.

Fortunately, the evolution of advanced imaging cameras and computer technology has seen the advent of such (gender and age corrected) databases, allowing clinicians now to see how patient symptoms (such as obsessions or road rage) might occur as an alteration of brain functioning.

Today, the increased knowledge gained from functional brain imaging has provided clinicians with an added tool of scientific information to compliment their clinical assessment, particularly in the group of the more difficult patient group often labelled “treatment resistant”.

Finally, the consequence of such medical progress has allowed clinicians to better understand their patients and their symptoms. In so doing, they are achieving better outcomes than previously due to such advancements which has allowed them to tailor-make medication and treatment programs more appropriately suited to the individual’s needs.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY generates unique psychiatric Internet enabled“Information gathering systems” necessary for assisting mental health professionals, untangle the complexity of their patients emotional and behavioural symptoms!

NUCLEAR ISOTOPES used in f. Brain Imaging studies provides a “portal” for nuclear physician’s to view & compare an individual’s brain functioning with mental health disorders ,such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Social Anxiety Disorders (SAD) or Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI).

THE NEURODIAGNOSTIC CENTRE WEBSITE

continues to share it’s ongoing research within the fields of neuroscience, functional brain imaging, & advancements in computer technology & how these modalities, when used collectively within the clinical context, improve significantly the mental health outcomes of those continuing to suffer within our failing system.

 Dr John Clarkson – 2019.
"By the time you have reviewed this page, 10 Australians will have unfortunately successfully ended their lives!"

Video

WHAT IS A SPECT SCAN?

[Single Photon Emission Computerised Tomography]

SPECT is a functional nuclear medicine study that looks directly at the flow of blood to the different regions of brain [cerebral blood flow] and indirectly at a patient’s brain cells metabolism and chemical [neurotransmitter] activity. In other words, how their brain is working.

A harmless radioactive isotope bound to molecules is injected into the patient’s blood stream, where it travels to the brain to be taken up in different sites depending on the activity of the neurone’s receptors at that site.

The patient then lies still for approximately 15 minutes while the SPECT camera takes its images which are reconstructed into coloured 3-D images and slices by modern computer technology. With these sophisticated images physicians are able to map and then identify certain patterns of brain activity that correlate with psychiatric and neurological conditions.