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Brain Functioning



Neurological Assessments:    

Evaluation of key aspects of neurological functioning is at the core of evaluating brain-based disorders such as ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, and Memory disorders and others. Attention is known to be a complex, multi-faceted brain-based process that can affect and be affected by multiple factors. Brain-based disorders such as ADHD require a brain-based assessment. Key aspects of neurological function are illustrated through evaluation of both neurophysiological and neuropsychological aspects of function. Deficits in attention are also known to be present with other disorders. Beyond these complexities, even disorders with the same behavioral manifestations of ADHD can show very different patterns neurophysiologically, as manifested by preferential responses to strikingly different medications for symptom management. Relying purely on typical symptom assessments can lead to misdiagnosis and resulting mismanagement. It is crucial that a comprehensive brain-based assessment include an understanding of underlying neuropsychophysiologic processes if an accurate diagnosis, which leads to optimal symptom management, is to occur.

Quantitative EEG (QEEG). QEEG is a digital analysis of the electrical activity of the brain. The QEEG is a non-invasive assessment of brain integrity that is sensitive to both subtle and gross abnormalities in brain function and is independent of cultural and ethnic factors. The test begins with an EEG, a measure of electro-cortical potentials underneath the skull that are the basis for regulation and information processing, during resting and task-related conditions. The EEG is screened for the presence of gross alterations in background frequencies, then edited to remove confusing activity, and subjected to quantitative analysis. The resulting QEEG brain maps demonstrate diagnostic patterns, make comparisons with an age-matched sample, and allow for the development of individualized neurofeedback or medication interventions. Predictive accuracy and error rates depend on the data that make up any given QEEG database and the statistics used in that database.

Additional neurological tests will be administered on an individualized basis. 


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