Texas Mental Health Specialists Now Offer Brain SPECT Imaging

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The Meehl Foundation gets additional help in solving mental health problems.

The Meehl Foundation announces the addition of brain SPECT imaging at its Gulf Coast facility in Brazoria, Texas. SPECT, or Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography, is a study that measures blood flow and activity patterns in the brain. The addition of this type of science can be a significant boost in understanding the conditions of clients with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse, and creating more tailored treatment plans.

While the SPECT study does not give a diagnosis, it can assist a clinician in better understanding the specific function of a client’s brain. The scan may be used to determine the brain impairment caused by substance abuse, follow up treatment with a brain evaluation, discover the existence of a brain condition that may lead to emotional and behavior issues, and a variety of other purposes as well. Awareness of issues revealed by SPECT imaging can also benefit clients by reducing shame and stigma attached to a mental health disorder.

Residential group home clients at The Meehl House and participants of The Meehl Foundation’s Intensive Outpatient Program will have access to brain SPECT imaging as part of the overall services available there. These individuals from locations throughout Southeast Texas seek treatment in order to achieve long-term mental wellness and learn how to manage their everyday lives, maintain emotional stability, and avoid engaging in crisis generating behaviors. Scheduling of the brain SPECT imaging will be determined The Meehl Foundation to best serve the needs of each client.

The Meehl House, located along the Gulf Coast in Brazoria, Texas, has been serving clients since 1998. To schedule an interview with Debra Meehl, President of The Meehl Foundation, or learn more about the SPECT Imaging services, interested journalists may contact the Meehl Foundation at 979.798.7972. A full list of services is available for viewing online at http://www.meehlfoundation.org.

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