The different types of brains

Family Therapist Haley Figueroa, MA, LMFT, discusses the different types of brains and what causes them to be different
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The different types of brains

What are the different brain types at the AMA clinics and what causes them. At the AMA, we've been doing thousands of brain scans on thousands of different people over the last 20 years. What we've found is that there are several different brain types. There is not just one single brain type. ADD is not just one brain type. Anxiety and depression are more than just one thing. We can actually see on the brain scans, how the brain is actually is working too hard or not hard enough. Based on that, we can figure out what is going on and try to figure out of approaching treatment. For example, with ADD, there seems to be low activity in the prefrontal cortex. When we know that, we have treatments that help. When you hear about stimulating medications that help ADD, that's what it's for. It's important to understand what is going on in other areas of the brain, so you aren't misdiagnosing and mistreating your kids or yourself.

Family Therapist Haley Figueroa, MA, LMFT, discusses the different types of brains and what causes them to be different


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Haley Figueroa, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Brain Health Educator

Haley provides patients at the world-renowned Amen Clinics with in-depth psycho-social assessments, brain health education, parenting courses and Marriage and Family Therapy counseling. She has more than a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of environments including school and clinical settings. Haley also has specialized training in conflict resolution, lifestyle and weight management, relationship enhancements, and parenting. Creator of My Baby is Christian, a learning and spiritual development system for young children, Haley has taught several courses at the Amen Clinics, including a 12-week Anxiety and Depression group, Love and Logic parenting, and Amen Clinic’s Two-Day Brain Health Course. She also authors a parenting blog. Haley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University. A wife and mother of three, she is passionate about helping individuals and families reach their goals, enhance their relationships and achieve optimal brain health!

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