Recent research by various neuroscience organizations has laid the foundation for understanding the biological bases of many behaviors.  Our methods, grounded in such research, provide critical data concerning the brain-behavior relationship.  Knowing as much as possible about how the brain’s neurophysiology relates to behavior allows for more efficient and effective interventions and treatments of problem behaviors.  When the biological basis is not accurately understood, it is difficult for a mental health provider to render an appropriate treatment and intervention.  After more than 20 years of research and clinical development, our solutions are solidly supported by research results.

Questions are being raised in our society about the accuracy of diagnosing psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.  For example, many are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by a listing of observed behaviors (symptoms); however, relying solely on observed symptoms does not always result in successful treatment.  We have demonstrated in many cases that the patient’s behavior appeared to be related to abnormal electrical activity in the brain which may or may not respond successfully to a stimulant medication intervention typically used to treat ADHD.  The successful patient outcomes relating to our methods demonstrate the dire need for centers such as ours throughout the United States and abroad.

According to studies conducted by the Center for Mental Health Services, at least 33 1/3% of children or adolescents may have a diagnosable behavioral, emotional, or mental health problem.  The same studies estimate that there may be 3 million children who have a serious emotional disturbance that severely disrupts his or her ability to function in the home, school, or community.  These children can become successful in their daily lives, and when this occurs, whole families become healthier and more functional.  Our methods offer the gift of hope to those children and their families.

South Florida Psychiatric Associates (SFPA), Inc. has been set up with state of the art methodology to assist doctors in the practice of behavioral medicine.  Our goal is to keep our doctors and those we work with on
the cutting edge of psychiatry by moving them firmly into the 21st century.  We provide a comprehensive understanding of brain neurophysiology using the electroencephalogram and sensory evoked potentials.  The information gathered by these tests identifies relationships among behavioral correlates.  Most people have essentially normal EEGs, yet when they are requiered to process sensory information, they experience difficulties and these difficulties impact their performance and can cause disruptive behaviors. 

The DSM-IV and ICD-9 are the best efforts that psychiatric medicine has made to date, but they are based upon observable symptoms, not the underlying causes.  Observations may be driven by different neuro-networks and need different interventions to control.  These methods have been used because of a lack of significant, objective information. 
Our reports help eliminate much of the guesswork in clinical practice.  It provides the knowledge to impact the client by bringing about change and marked improvement despite classifying problems in this manner.

We concur with the leadership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about the importance of neurophysiology in understanding psychiatric illnesses.  One of the goals of the APA is to make the practice of psychiatry more of a field of medicine by having more definitive diagnoses related to specific neurophysiological information. 
Our methods use technology and current research to expand the edge of the envelope in that direction. 

What we do is different from the evaluations performed with fMRI, PET, and SPECT scans because of the temporal
resolution, or the time picture analyzed.  We analyze the first 3 to 4 tenths of a second after the reception of sensory information.  We use this data to identify and classify specific behaviors and which neurotransmitter systems might be addressed with medications to help the individual gain control his or her behavior.  The fMRI, PET, and SPECT scans can be invasive procedures that evaluate a minimum of 15 seconds of sensory processing. 
Our methods use information from the processes that underlie reactions and responses to stimuli in the environment, not the actual areas of the brain know to process cognitive activity as identified by these other methods.  Are there variables influencing the recorded
activity, but not being addressed by the prescribed medication?  We believe there are, and that this may lead to a decrease in the efficacy of the prescribed interventions and medications. 

Some of our research has been reviewed by Marc Nuwer, M.D., PhD, Director, Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at UCLA Medical School and past president of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Dr.  F. Lamar Heyrend MD and Dr. D. Bars PhD have published several articles dealing with the relationship of brain electrophysiology to behavior and we have presented our work at National and International conferences in psychiatry and clinical neurophysiology.

Our methods assist in the identification and treatment of many problem behaviors including rage, aggression, and explosivity.  Many of these behaviors interfere with an individual’s ability to learn.  Using our methods helps doctors, educators, and parents educate these patients about the world around them and how to function more successfully.  This allows them to learn, be more successful, and make a positive contribution to society.

Our non-invasive method can provide information to help a clinician become more successful, especially with the most severely disturbed patients and be more accurate with his patients.  This method can provide information about a variety of behavioral problems seen in psychiatric practices.

Providing neurophysiological information is especially helpful with patients who are difficult and challenging, and who, many times fail traditional treatment.
Our information allows more accurate assessments and a quicker understanding of behavioral manifestations, which helps the patient get better, faster.  This allows the clinician to better serve many patients who are normally unsuccessful in traditional psychiatric treatments.
This decreases family disruptions and the number and length of hospitalizations.


The Final Results

We can’t “guarantee” our results any more than any other psychiatric provider can.  Much of the final results will depend on how well the patient follows the treatment plan, the quality of the other medical providers the patient works with and the willingness of patients and their families to take responsibility for changing the things they can and learning to live with the things that cannot be changed.

Nothing is 100% guaranteed in life.  The best we can do is maximize the odds of your success by basing our recommendations on a solid understanding of the underlying physiological causes of behavioral and learning problems.

Because the methods discussed above provide us with a good understanding of those underlying physiological factors, we have had good success with our treatments. 

If you and your family are willing to make a commitment to working hard at resolving the behavioral/learning problem that brought you to us, we are willing to make a commitment to using the latest technological means to finding the underlying cause of those problems so that an effective treatment method can be developed.