Could ‘Brain Fingerprinting’ teens help detect mental health issues earlier?

A world-first study has found warning signs of mental health problems could be identified by scanning the developing brains of adolescents.  A Queensland study found "fingerprinting" the brains of adolescents can indicate the start of mental health disorders. 160 young people took part in the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study by University of the Sunshine Coast researchers. They underwent brain imaging scans every four months for five years, as well as neurocognitive assessments which found brain fingerprints, or unique neurological changes, can help determine mental health outcomes. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? Could ‘brain fingerprinting’ teens help detect mental health issues earlier?

Posted by on 28 Aug 2023

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    Read the Brain Saver book by Anthony Williams.

    Posted by LeafyGreen on 13 Sep 2023

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    Stella del Mattino

    Sounds like there is the need for a lot more of field research. The matter is highly complicated, we do not really know much about it. There is also the risk of over simplifying a diagnosis, or to become too confident that with a simple test we can predict a future behavior. I really think it could be a small part of the solution, at least at the present time.

    Posted by Stella del Mattino on 09 Sep 2023

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    i dont believe it

    Posted by eric on 09 Sep 2023

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    We are all individual and if the scientists ran DNA tests and checked genetics like COMT and MAO they would get answers very early on about what that person may be predisposed to. But as mental health and behavioral issues mostly became a far bigger problem in recent times, then they need to also look at diet, deficiencies, lifestyle, parenting. Not saying mental health never existed before, but if you're in your 40s or 50s, youve got to admit that kids have changed a lot and it seems every second kid has some sort of an issue. Also, do these regular scans use contrast like gadolinium? If the do, that will cause a whole new set of issues.

    Posted by T33 on 04 Sep 2023

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    It is too early I make such a big claim. Need more study on it.

    Posted by Farrukh on 03 Sep 2023

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    Mental health is too complicated to just "scan for an issue"

    Posted by Jigsaw on 03 Sep 2023

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    The first young people mental health problem sign is a fingerprint on a smartphone...

    Posted by Guntis on 03 Sep 2023

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    A lot more research is needed, 160 young people is a very small amount of Australian adolescents.

    Posted by mevanwy on 03 Sep 2023

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    Hopefully yes. I think this is where medical science needs to be heading towards. Individual diagnoses and treatments.

    Posted by DevChap on 03 Sep 2023

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    A lot more study has to go into this before it will become normal but I can see that it might be helpful in some cases

    Posted by Kittykato on 01 Sep 2023

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    It could save suicides I guses?

    Posted by sulter on 30 Aug 2023

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    Most probably..... .....might be a better idea to firstly scan the parents brains first!!!

    Posted by mact on 29 Aug 2023

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    Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your children.

    Posted by ere on 30 Aug 2023

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    I don't believe so! The brain doesn't fully develop until a certain age is reached. Besides that, a brain can change overtime... and it's silly to think that a person's mental health is decided by the time they reach adolescent. I'd be concerned about those scans and technology they use in those medical procedures. How reliable are they anyway? Lifestyle and behaviour has a marked effect on mental health. So are they trying to say it's all due to inborn biology? Not so; I would of thought!

    Posted by MS on 29 Aug 2023

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