A Brain Map, also known as a Quantitative EEG (QEEG), involves recording your brainwaves from 19 separate locations and then comparing them to a database to see where there is EEG dysregulation.
How Does a Brain Map Help?
CT Scans and MRIs do not identify the brain functioning problems that are seen commonly in ADHD; anxiety and mood disorders; trauma or even mild concussions. Brian Maps are a more sensitive way to identify specifically where there is dysregulation in the brain. That leads to precise and individualized neurofeedback treatment.
What happens during a
An elastic net cap with 19 sensors is placed on the head with some gel so that the brainwave activity can be measured. There is no piercing of the skin. Brainwaves are then recorded for 5-10 minutes with eyes closed and again with eyes open. This data is then compared to one or more normative databases.
How does a Brain Map help guide nerurofeedback?
The results specify where there are problems with dysregulation and that leads to a personalized neurofeedback protocol. For example, if an ADHD individual is making too much sleepy theta waves in their left frontal lobe, that might lead to placing the sensor there during the neurofeedback sessions and training the brain to make less theta there.
Does a Brain Map clarify the diagnosis I have been given?
The Brain Map is a measure of brain functioning. It does not tell if someone has ADHD or Depression, both of which are diagnoses made by someone who has given his or her professional opinion that you meet criteria for those diagnoses. The Brain Map reveals the specific type of brain dysregulation which underpins the diagnosis.
Are there different patterns of Brain Maps?
As noted above, everyone's brain is different and optimal treatment is customized for every individual. That said, there are some common patterns found in various diagnostic groups. Here are a few representative examples for individuals whom we have treated.
ADHD Child's EEG (8 years old)
This shows what three seconds of EEG looks like from the different locations on the scalp. This "raw" EEG example shows large frontal theta waves which is a common pattern seen in ADHD individuals.