Suicide Prevention Hotline 9-8-8

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Suicide Prevention Hotline 9-8-8 Launches

By Dr. James Flowers, Ph.D., CSAT, LPC-S

suicide prevention hotline 9-8-8

Suicide Prevention Hotline 9-8-8 Launches

By Dr. James Flowers, Ph.D., CSAT, LPC-S

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In 2020, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act passed and Congress amended the Communications Act of 1934 to designate 9–8–8 as the universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. Congress noted the following:1

  1. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on average, there are 129 suicides per day in the United States.
  2. To prevent future suicides, it is critical to transition the cumbersome, existing 10-digit National Suicide Hotline to a universal, easy-to-remember, 3-digit phone number and connect people in crisis with life-saving resources.
  3. It is essential that people in the United States have access to a 3-digit national suicide hotline across all geographic locations.
  4. The designated suicide hotline number will need to be both familiar and recognizable to all people in the United States.

The Impact of 9-8-8

Now, two years later, we mark a transformative point as the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number goes live to help Americans prevent suicide.2 Instead of dialing the previous 10-digit number, they can call or text the numbers 9-8-8. By creating this simple, easy-to-remember number, behavioral health is becoming more accessible to everyone.

 Currently, most people dial 9-1-1 and end up going to the hospital. The challenge is that 9-1-1 was not established for mental health needs. In addition, those in need of immediate attention end up in emergency rooms waiting for hours and sometimes days for care. Moreover, law enforcement usually interacts no matter if the person is violent or not, and this interaction can lead to additional trauma.  

The Story Of Miles Hall

Our law enforcement agencies are here to protect citizens, but some cases like that of Miles Hall, a 23-year-old African American man with schizophrenia, end in tragedy. Miles was killed by law enforcement while delusional.3

Hall began having mental health issues after high school and, in an attempt to keep him safe, Hall’s mother went to great lengths to form a relationship with the local police so they would be aware he was a resident of the neighborhood and not a threat.  Their family had lived in Walnut Creek, California since Miles was five years old. 

On June 2, 2019, Mile’s mother called 9-1-1 to tell them her son was delusional and had broken a door. When the police arrived, Miles was in the street holding a metal pole that had been used as a gardening tool. His delusion lead him to believe that he was Jesus and the pole was a “staff of God.” The police shot him despite the family’s objections.

Significant Federal Money Will Support 9-8-8

Scott and Taun Hall, Mike Hall’s parents, state that he needed compassion that day, not lethal force. And that is what suicide prevention hotline 9-8-8 represents. 

At a recent press briefing, Xavier Becerra, the secretary of health and human sciences said,  “If you are willing to turn to someone in your moment of crisis, 9-8-8 will be there. The number 9-8-8 won’t be a busy signal, and 988 won’t put you on hold. You will get help.”4

Congress has appropriated more than $400 million to provide support to call centers and increase the number of Spanish speakers. Since the 10-digit lifeline was launched in 2005, local call centers have received little federal funding despite increasing use.  In 2021, the lifeline received 3.6 million calls, chats, and texts.  Health officials project that the number of calls, chats, and texts will at least double in the next 12 months.

Who Should Call the Hotline And Who Answers?

The primary message we need to communicate over and over is “You’re not alone.”  If you are experiencing a mental health or substance use issue, you should call 9-8-8. You will be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center closest to you. 

If the local crisis center is too busy to respond right away, the call gets routed to one of 16 backup centers around the country. Counselors who answer the line are equipped to handle a wide range of mental health issues. You can also call on behalf of a friend or loved one who is experiencing a mental health emergency.

Our Youth May Need 988 The Most

According to the CDC, suicide rates increased 30% between 2000–2018, and declined in 2019 and 2020.5 Despite this decline, suicide was still the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34.

In April, the CDC released the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey which shows that 44% of teens in the United States feel persistently sad and hopeless.  This number is an increase from 37% in 2019.  Additional data reveals that suicide rates increased among adolescents and young adults, black and Hispanic males, and multi-racial females during the pandemic.6

The Trevor Project also released its findings from its national survey in May 2022 which represents the experiences of almost 34,000 LGBTQ youth (ages 13-24).  Comparing data from the organization’s annual national surveys over the past three years, reports of seriously considering suicide among LGBTQ youth respondents have increased from 40% to 42% to 45%.7

The Facts about Suicide

  • Suicide happens every 11 minutes. 
  • Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with 45,979 deaths in 2020. That year, an estimated 12.2 million adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million made a plan, and 1.2 million attempted suicide
  • Suicide rates increased 30% between 2000–2018, and declined in 2019 and 2020
  • Suicide affects many age groups. In 2020, suicide was among the top 9 leading causes of death for people ages 10-64
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34

How We Can Decrease Suicide Rates

Making a suicide hotline easily accessible is just part of the equation to decreasing suicide rates. As with all major public health crises, prevention is key. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) subject matter experts released the Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Program, and Practices.8

Key findings include strategies and approaches that lean upon local, state, and federal government as well as public health, education, healthcare, social services, business/labor, and justice sectors for implementation.  Seven key strategies are noted by the CDC:

  • Strengthen economic supports 
  • Strengthen access and delivery of suicide care
  • Create protective environments
  • Promote connectedness
  • Teach coping and problem-solving skills 
  • Identify and support people at risk
  • Lessen self-harm and prevent future risk

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Nutrition Impact on Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery

Nutrition Impact on Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery
Nutrition Impact on Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery

Nutrition Impact on Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery

Nutrition Impact on Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery

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At J. Flowers Health Institute, our aim is to provide each individual with a comprehensive, integrative, and holistic approach to health and wellness. It is essential that throughout one’s journey overcoming substance use addiction, an effective healthcare team composed of medical, psychiatric, and therapeutic professionals provide valuable guidance that will enhance a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

As part of our extensive diagnostic evaluation, nutritional assessment is utilized to ensure profound healing and wellness stability that sustains beyond discharge from treatment. While nutritional counseling may be overlooked in presence of medically and psychologically complex challenges, evidence suggests that nutrition therapy contributes to favorable health outcomes and is crucial to optimal wellness and maintenance. 1

Chronic Pain and Health Conditions

Health complexities can impede one’s nutritional intake due to changes in appetite, ability to care for self and body image dissatisfaction. Interruptions to nutrition balance can exacerbate primary conditions and result in serious comorbidities and malnutrition.
For example, chronic pain can make basic self care activities, that are routine for the general public, feel extraordinarily difficult or impossible on some days. A chronic medical condition such as IBS or diverticulitis can complicate the path to healthy eating and feel extremely frustrating and demoralizing.

Alcohol Use Disorder

It is understood that alcohol use disorder is associated with various health consequences – including depletion of nutritional status. Alcohol use disorder, whether acute or chronic, impairs nutrient digestion and absorption of vital vitamins and minerals. The functional nutrition interruption typically results in malnourishment and renders the path to recovery ever more challenging.
Without proper nutrition counseling and guidance, severe consequences to one’s mental and physical health may arise. Some examples include gastrointestinal problems, metabolic changes, cognitive decline and depressive symptoms.2 By working with your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to set personalized goals and build an effective nutrition intervention, full recovery and reduction of relapse potential is possible.

Other Substances

The use of drugs often impair an individual’s ability to consume adequate nutrients due to reduced food and fluid intake, changes in taste preferences, and psychological disruptions (source 3). With changes in intakes, one is at risk for the imbalance of nutritional status, hydration status, and metabolism. It is essential to establish optimal nourishment to restore the body, fuel the brain and bolster the immune system.3

In addition, those who suffer from multiple addiction disorders, such as alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder, are likely to face exacerbated risks to their wellbeing. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will help you create a plan to replenish and heal your body through safe and effective nutrition rehabilitation.

What’s Next?

Life may present immense challenges. At J. Flowers, we work alongside you to develop individualized goals, interventions, and practices to better your health. An unparalleled nutrition team will partner with you to restore your body, mind, and spirit through leading and evidence-based nutrition expertise. Fueling your body with the essential nutrients expands the limits of your potential. No matter where you are in your journey, our team at J. Flowers is here to guide you to the best version of yourself!

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R Mooney STEAM Recognition Press Release

Robbin Mooney - Honored as a leader in STEAM careers

J. Flowers Health Institute Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer Honored

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Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer Honored by Chamber

Robbin Mooney, CRS, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of J. Flowers Health Institute, was recently recognized by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a leader in STEAM careers.

 

The Chamber’s annual event recognized Houston’s leading executive men and women alongside entrepreneurs in STEAM careers. This event also benefited the Chamber’s program of work which includes the Women on Board Institute, an initiative to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards.

 

To introduce the honorees to the audience, the Chamber created a fashion show with the honorees as the models. “The event was so much fun, and it made all of the honorees step out of our comfort zones,” stated Mooney. “We took the opportunity to show that those of us in STEAM careers can let loose and bring a smile to the audience.”

Robbin Mooney's Industry Impact

Mooney has worked in the health and wellness industry since 1998. Her focus is on creating and implementing dynamic marketing solutions, designs, and branding messages for a variety of companies. Moreover, her passions include business development, public relations, and marketing, and through these passions, she has found a way to help others find a full and successful life.

 

Robbin feels fortunate to be able to merge her entertainment background and holistic wellness specialties into the health and wellness services field. She served as the Outreach and Communications Liaison for Crossroads Centre Antigua, an internationally recognized addiction treatment program founded by Eric Clapton in 1998.

 

Over the past 17 years, she has been actively involved with MusiCares, which is the non-profit arm of the Recording Academy that helps musicians and other individuals in the entertainment industry in need of recovery.

 

Robbin has also co-founded the J. Flowers Health Institute. J. Flowers believes in an initiative-taking, total health-based approach using top providers, technologies, and leading-edge diagnostics to help clients look, feel, and be their best selves. The staff’s experience, understanding, and dedication to this approach help them succeed where others often fall short.

 

If you or someone you know has been searching for answers to your health problems, now is the time to get help finding those long-sought-after answers. Contact the J. Flowers Health Institute at 713-783-6655 or visit www.jflowershealth.com for more information about comprehensive diagnostic techniques and how they can assist with addiction treatment, cognitive disorder diagnosis, and more.

About J. Flowers Health Institute

J. Flowers Health Institute is a free-standing healthcare facility that delivers unparalleled concierge healthcare to executives, high-profile individuals, young adults, adolescents, and those with complex conditions. Our Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation Program uncovers the true source of any health issue and illuminates the most effective path to optimal wellness. The timeliness of our reports and diagnostic impressions allows the next appropriate level of care to begin promptly with a broad and deep understanding of the individual’s health and wellness.

 

Our multidisciplinary team of experts collaborates to deliver the future of whole-person health. We select the best providers and protocols from Western medicine, holistic health, integrative nutrition, sports medicine, and more that will help our clients reach optimal health. Our team’s coordination and collaboration offer each client a full continuum of concierge care as appropriate for their unique circumstances.

 

Every client receives one-on-one support and personalized care. Our high-end medical facilities, access to the world’s largest medical campus, and private partnerships with exquisite hotels and spas ensure that we deliver an exceptional experience for every client. No detail is ever left to chance. Clients of J. Flowers Health Institute focus and heal in discreet comfort.

OVERCOMING SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION

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Overcoming Social Media Addiction

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Friends, Family, and Users All Suffer

Houston, Texas…It seems that the world is obsessed with social media. There is no escape, not for businesses and definitely not for individuals. As of July of 2021, 4.48 billion people currently use social media worldwide with an average of 6.6 various media platforms. These users, aged 16 to 64, spend at least 145 minutes a day on social media.

 

If you have a child 13 or older, you realize that social media can be all-consuming for them. Whether they are using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or other platforms, they are lost in their phones, tablets, and/or computers. If a child begins social media at the age of 16 and continues until the age of 70, they will spend 5.7 years of their life on it. Moreover, each year, the numbers tend to rise.

 

Unless carefully supervised, your child can wander into areas where no child should be. Online games may hold predators disguising themselves as children, body images become skewed because of airbrushed images, and bullies can anonymously hide among internet friends.

Breaking the Cycle

This social media addiction can be extremely difficult to break, but it can be done. However, the process is not quickly achieved nor is it a one-and-done fix. It takes time and, in many cases, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Arit Patel, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with J. Flowers Health Institute, states that:

A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is based on someone’s physical and emotional health. We want to get a 360° on how a person interacts with the world, how they view themselves, and how they use social media. We ask what they use social media for, whether it is for their job or for their personal reasons. We want to understand because that really impacts a person.

If someone you know is addicted to social media, now is the time to help them take control of this issue. Contact the J. Flowers Health Institute at 713-783-6655 or visit www.jflowershealth.com for more information about comprehensive diagnostic techniques and how our team can assist with addiction treatment, cognitive disorder diagnosis, and more.

About J. Flowers Health Institute

J. Flowers Health Institute is a free-standing healthcare facility that delivers unparalleled concierge healthcare to executives, high-profile individuals, young adults, adolescents, and those with complex conditions. Our Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation Program uncovers the true source of any health issue and illuminates the most effective path to optimal wellness. The timeliness of our reports and diagnostic impressions allows the next appropriate level of care to begin promptly with a broad and deep understanding of the individual’s health and wellness.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts collaborates to deliver the future of whole-person health. We select the best providers and protocols from Western medicine, holistic health, integrative nutrition, sports medicine, and more  that will help our clients reach optimal health. Our team’s coordination and collaboration offer each client a full continuum of concierge care as appropriate for their unique circumstances.

Every client receives one-on-one support and personalized care. Our high-end medical facilities, access to the world’s largest medical campus, and private partnerships with exquisite hotels and spas ensure that we deliver an exceptional experience for every client. No detail is ever left to chance. Clients of J. Flowers Health Institute focus and heal in discreet comfort.

 

Brain Injury Types | Functions of the Brain

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Functions of the Brain

To understand brain injury types, it is first important to look at the different functions of the brain. The brain is an amazing organ. It is the part of the body responsible for virtually all functions throughout the body. The brain weighs about three pounds and is divided into two hemispheres or halves. Each half or side contains four separate lobes1. 

 

The frontal lobe behind the forehead is where cognitive functions and control of voluntary body movements occur. The parietal lobe processes information sent from other parts of the body about temperature, touch, taste, and movement. The occipital lobe is primarily responsible for the vision and functions of the eye. Finally, the temporal lobe processes memories. It takes memories and integrates them with senses such as taste, sight, sound, and touch.  

Brain Injury Types

The term “brain injury” describes many types of injury to the brain. There are several types of traumatic brain injuries, and each can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe.  

 

Mild Brain Injury

A mild traumatic brain injury  is generally characterized by loss of consciousness for a short time, often seconds or minutes. A mild traumatic brain injury may present in medical tests as a lack of any notable injury to the brain, although this aspect may be inaccurate. It is essential to look at mental functioning and overall brain health when diagnosing a mild concussion or traumatic brain injury.  

Moderate Brain Injury

A moderate traumatic brain injury is characterized by a loss of consciousness that may last for a few hours and confusion that can persist for weeks. A moderate traumatic brain injury can produce lasting complications, which may resolve in a matter of months or be lifelong.  

 

Severe Brain Injury

Severe traumatic brain injuries result from crushing blows to the head or penetrating injuries to the skull or brain. A severe injury is life-threatening and often leads to long-term challenges or disability. Severe injuries can be classified as open or closed; however, the most common severe injury results from an open head injury with significant skull damage.  

Severe Brain Injury

Severe traumatic brain injuries result from crushing blows to the head or penetrating injuries to the skull or brain. A severe injury is life-threatening and often leads to long-term challenges or disability. Severe injuries can be classified as open or closed; however, the most common severe injury results from an open head injury with significant skull damage.  

Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired brain injury is often referred to as a non-traumatic brain injury. These brain injuries lead to damage to the brain, not from external factors but internal ones. Examples of internal factors that could lead to acquired brain injury include lack of oxygen, toxins, stroke, tumors, aneurysm, and infectious disease affecting the brain.  

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury or TBI is characterized by an alteration in brain function caused by an external force. Traumatic brain injuries can be classified as closed (nonpenetrating) or open (penetrating). Common causes of traumatic brain injuries are falls, assaults, motor vehicle accidents, and sports injuries. 

The Sides of the Brain

The brain allows you to function and accomplish various tasks every day. Ranging from simple to complex, many of these tasks are essential to life function. As previously mentioned, the brain is divided into two sides called hemispheres. Each side controls various functions in the body 2 

Left-Sided Traits

The left side3 of the brain is believed to control actions on the right side of the body. It is primarily concerned with language, reasoning, number and scientific skills, and right-hand control. It is in the left side of the brain where words and sentence structure are created.  

 

When someone experiences injury to the left side of the brain, they may experience conditions such as aphasia (difficulty comprehending or expressing language) and problems with computation skills, analytical skills, and logic.  

Right Side Traits

The right side4 of the brain controls actions on the left side of the body. The right side of the brain is responsible for visual awareness, emotions, spatial reasoning, face recognition, imagination, music awareness, interpreting social cues, and left-hand control. It also performs some basic math tasks and plays a small role in language.     When someone experiences a right-sided brain injury, they will have difficulties with attention, memory, perception, and loss of mobility and function on the left side of the body.  

Brain Injury Terms

To better understand how brain injury impacts brain and body function, it is helpful to understand some of the most common terms used when discussing injuries to the brain.

  • Diffuse Axonal Injury– a shearing injury of the large nerve fibers in many areas of the brain.  
  • Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)-an injury to the brain caused by a hard blow or violent shaking leading to sudden yet temporary impairment of brain function.  
  • Contusion-a distinct area of swollen brain tissue mixed with blood from broken blood vessels. 
  • Coup-Contrecoup Injury-a contusion (bruise) caused by shaking the brain back and forth, leading to bruising of the brain tissue on the side opposite where the blow was struck.  
  • Second Impact Syndrome– an injury that results when the brain swells rapidly after receiving a second concussion before the symptoms of the earlier one have subsided.  
  • Penetrating Injury-a brain injury type where an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue.  
  • Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)– a severe form of head trauma resulting when an infant or small child is shaken forcibly enough to cause the brain to bounce against the skull.  
  • Locked-in Syndrome– A condition in which a patient is awake and aware but cannot move or communicate due to complete paralysis of the body.  
  • Open Head Injury-an open head injury involves an open wound to the head. Sometimes referred to as a penetrating head injury.  
  • Closed Head Injury– brain damage resulting from indirect impact. They are also referred to as nonpenetrating injuries.  

Complications After Brain Injury

After a brain injury, complications vary from person to person based on their injury. Some difficulties may resolve in a matter of hours, whereas others may persist for many years.   

  • Altered consciousness-altered states of consciousness can include coma, vegetative states, minimally conscious state, and brain death.  
  • Physical complications-Physical complications resulting from a TBI include seizures, blood vessel damage, headaches, vertigo, and fluid buildup in the brain.  
  • Intellectual problems– intellectual difficulties may include cognitive challenges and problems with executive functioning. 
  • Communication problems-communication problems are common after a TBI. Common communication challenges may include difficulties speaking, writing, understanding, and organizing thoughts.  
  • Behavioral changes-someone who has experienced a TBI may exhibit challenges with self-control, engage in risky behavior, verbal or physical outbursts, and lack of awareness of abilities.  
  • Emotional changes-emotional difficulties after a brain injury often include mood swings, irritability, anger, sleeping challenges, depression, and anxiety.  
  • Sensory problems– problems involving the senses are also common. Some of the most frequently reported include persistent ringing in the ears, blind spots, double vision, skin tingling, impaired hand-eye coordination, and trouble with balance.

Can Brain Injury Cause Degenerative Brain Diseases?

Some indications point to a correlation between traumatic brain injury types and degenerative brain disease. It is important to note that research into this correlation is in its early stages and, at this time, has not confirmed a direct link between TBI and degenerative brain diseases 5 

Symptoms of Brain Injury in Children

Unlike adults, infants and young children may not be able to communicate headaches, confusion, sensory difficulties, or other symptoms related to brain injury.  

 

When a child experiences a brain injury, they may present with symptoms including: 

 

  • Seizures 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Changes in sleeping patterns 
  • Change in their attentiveness 
  • Irritability 
  • Eating pattern change 
  • Persistent crying 
  • A loss of interest in favorite activities and toys 

Preventing Brain Injury

The best way to prevent brain injury is to reduce exposure to potential injury-causing mechanisms. When you are in a vehicle, wear your seatbelt and ensure that your airbags are correctly functioning.  

 

For children, they must always be secured in the backseat of the car in a safety seat or booster seat appropriate for their height and weight. When riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or participating in baseball or other contact sports, be sure to wear a helmet. Pay attention to your surroundings to prevent falls and accidents.  

How Can Brain Mapping Help in Diagnosing Brain Injury?

Brain mapping can provide a visual representation of how and where damage is within the brain. It is essential to understand how the injury impacted the brain and function before attempting to treat injury or damage.  Using qEEG brain mapping, it is possible to see the specific areas of the brain that have been damaged.  

 

In addition, neurofeedback is a research-proven way to help improve brain function after a brain injury6. Once the specific area of damage is located using brain mapping, it is possible to target the area and retrain the brain through neurofeedback therapy.  

Brain Mapping Explained | Types of MRI

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Brain Mapping

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Brain Mapping Explained

How Neuroimaging Affects Therapy and Treatment 

Individuals in need of treatment for addiction, cognitive disorders, or other illnesses may benefit from brain mapping treatments at clinics like the J. Flowers Health Institute. Through brain mapping, psychologists and physicians can better understand how their clients’ brains work and develop personalized, effective treatment plans that lead to long-term results and relief.

What is Brain Mapping?

Brain mapping includes a variety of techniques and technologies used to study, scan, and map electrical activity within the brain. Brain mapping tools can either study the brain’s structure or function through examining the physical layout of the brain or by measuring where and how electrical activity takes place within its tissues.1 

History of Brain Mapping

Brain mapping as a distinct treatment technique and area of technology began in the late 1970s, which is when both MRI or magnetic resonance imaging and CT or computed tomography scan techniques were created. 

These technologies were much less harmful and invasive than other types of brain mapping techniques of the time, such as processes that involved draining cerebrospinal fluid and replacing it with air to map the structure of the brain through x-rays. 

Brain mapping’s progress has only continued in the following decades. Now, there are several distinct therapies and technologies physicians can use to accurately map the interior of the brain, measure electrical activity, and gain a greater level of detail than ever before. 

Types of Brain Scans

Physicians may choose to use a variety of brain scan techniques, including MRI scans. MRI scans are not the only type of brain scan performed, but they are among the most common. They are non-invasive and provide a wealth of information for medical professionals. 

Medical professionals may also choose to use electroencephalography or EEG scans, which involve using metal sensors and a cap on the head to measure electrical activity in the brain. Additionally, qEEG treatments take the measurements gained from a typical EEG scan and process those electrical patterns through quantitative analysis software and formulas. 

When performed correctly, EEG and/or qEEG treatments can be very useful for physicians and psychologists looking to better understand how their clients’ brains function at the nanosecond level. This information, in turn, allows for the development of personalized and effective treatment plans for addictions, neurological disorders, and more. 

The Basics of Brain Mapping

What in the Brain Can Be Mapped?

A variety of conditions or factors can be mapped in a client’s brain when a test is administered. These include: 

Memory:

Memories can be mapped or detected through electrical scans, such as EEG scans. Through these techniques, client brains can be studied to detect where specific memories are stored, how the brain recalls different memories, and what effect those memories have on other neurological processes. 

Learning:

Psychologists and physicians can use brain mapping to determine how a client learns and where information is stored. It can also be used to detect whether there are learning impediments due to neurological conditions like addictions, cognitive inflexibility, and so on. 

Aging:

Brain mapping can be used to detect the effects of aging in the mind, either structurally or functionally, as well as to detect how drugs or other substances may induce premature aging and brain tissue. 

Drug effects:

Brain mapping can be used to detect the effects of aging in the mind, either structurally or functionally, as well as to detect how drugs or other substances may induce premature aging and brain tissue. 

All in all, brain mapping is a very important technique that wellness professionals and psychologists can and should use to provide the best possible assistance to their clients.  

How do MRI Scans Work?

Types of MRI

There are five major types of MRI scans physicians can administer. These include: 

fMRI or functional magnetic resonance imaging:

This technique involves using magnetic fields to create radio signals that bounce off various atomic nuclei inside a patient’s brain. By measuring the radio signals, physicians can create a detailed map of a brain’s structure. 

Breast scans:

As their name suggests, breast MRI scans are used to detect the presence of breast cancer in clients through the same methods described above.

MRA or magnetic resonance angiography:

This non-invasive procedure uses MRI scans and contrast dyes administered intravenously to help visualize blood vessels. This procedure causes certain blood vessels to appear opaque and MRI images, assisting physicians in their analyses and diagnoses. 

MRV or magnetic resonance venography

 MRV techniques use large magnets and radio frequencies to produce detailed pictures of structures and organs throughout the body. They may also use an intravenous contrast dye to visualize clients’ veins. 

Cardiac MRI

Cardiac MRI imaging uses radio frequencies and magnets to produce detailed pictures of heart structures, which is useful for diagnosing heart cancer, cardiovascular problems, and more. 

5 Types of Brain Waves

Alongside using MRI scans, brain mapping techniques or therapies may involve analyzing the five major types of brain waves. Brain waves can be analyzed for a greater understanding of client needs or thought patterns and to develop effective treatment plans. The five major types of brain waves are:2 

Delta waves

which are the highest amplitude and the slowest and which are primarily experienced in deep sleep.

Theta waves

which are experienced during REM cycles of sleep or during times of intense relaxation, such as during daydreams or meditation. 

Alpha waves

which are produced when the mind is alert and conscious but still relatively relaxed. 

Beta waves

which are produced when the brain is alert and awake and when individuals are excited or aroused. 

Gamma waves

which are the lowest amplitude but the fastest of the brain waves. These are created when an individual tries to solve a problem or has to concentrate intensely on a specific task. 

Brain Mapping’s Importance in Finding Disorders

Brain mapping is crucial for uncovering the origins and treatments for a variety of disorders, including:

Physical disorders:

Through structural brain imaging techniques, brain mapping can help physicians detect the presence of tumors or other brain injuries before it is too late. 

Emotional disorders:

Certain brain mapping techniques, particularly those that measure electrical activity, can determine the origins or thought patterns behind emotional conditions, including addiction. 

Cognitive disorders:

Brain mapping can help psychologists and physicians find the root causes of cognitive disorders like depression, anxiety, memory loss, and more.  

What Disorders Can Neuroimaging Map?

Through neuroimaging, neuroscientists and other medical professionals can diagnose a wide variety of disorders. These include disorders like schizophrenia or clinical depression. However, brain scans are only used to provide information to clients and medical professionals. The information has to be used correctly to develop a good treatment technique that produces long-term results. 

How to Prepare for a qEEG Session

Although qEEG sessions are not foolproof, it is up to individual clients to ensure that they have a successful session. A client can prepare for qEEG sessions by following the below list of dos and don’ts.  

DO:

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast before an appointment to prevent distractions or lack of sleep from affecting brainwave activity. 
  • Schedule a qEEG session when you are most likely to be alert, such as the morning before a half-day at work. 
  • Wash your hair without adding styling gel or other hair products to prevent interference with the EEG scan. 
  • Arrive ahead of time so you are not worried about another appointment or responsibility. 
  • Remove your contact lenses before the qEEG sessions. 
  • Try to stay relaxed and alert throughout your mapping session for the most accurate and usable information. 

DON’T:

  • Attempt to rush the qEEG mapping appointment. 
  • Move around excessively. 
  • Be late or not show up to your appointment. 

What to Expect From an EEG Session

Benefits of Brain Mapping

Brain mapping can be incredibly beneficial for clients and physicians alike, especially when it comes to treating cognitive disorders or treating addiction.  

For example, brain mapping can be used in conjunction with neurofeedback therapy. Through this revolutionary therapy, patients are exposed to the results of qEEG scans and work with their psychologists or clinical health providers to train their brains out of bad habits or unhealthy thought patterns. Brain mapping provides a direct route to understanding one’s mind at a deeper level than ever before.3 

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Chauncy Glover underwent brain mapping to see how it might help with the challenges he’s dealt with ever since he contracted COVID-19 two years ago. Here’s how it went.

Does Insurance Cover Brain Mapping?

Insurance can sometimes cover brain mapping. Different insurance providers cover brain mapping sessions or appointments based on:

 

  • Their overall coverage policy 
  • What the brain mapping session is meant to do 
  • What type of brain mapping session a client signs up for 

Clients considering brain mapping for the treatment of one or more conditions should speak to their insurance provider to determine whether their plan will cover an appointment either partially or fully. 

Why Choose J. Flowers for Brain Mapping?

The J. Flowers Health Institute is the best choice for dealing with addiction or finding effective treatment plans for a variety of cognitive disorders, including depression and anxiety. At the J. Flowers Health Institute, we’re dedicated to the utmost privacy of our clients and know that individualized medical care is often the most successful. 

To that end, we work with each of our clients to develop a personalized and unique approach to their wellness needs. Alongside other techniques, we have the facilities and expertise necessary to leverage brain mapping/neuroimaging techniques to their fullest effects. 

Contact the J. Flowers Health Institute for more information about brain mapping techniques and how we can assist with addiction treatment, cognitive disorder diagnosis, and more.