Infrared Images of head injury, AD/HD, Depression, Anger, Asperger’s and other disordersAugust, 2011
DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 50% OF THE DSM DIAGNOSTIC CATEGORIES CAN FIT WITHIN THE FOLLOWING DEFINITION: “Behaviors that represent excessive rate and magnitude of response to relatively benign stimuli.”
WHAT THIS MEANS This can be a cause or effect. Reduced PFC dominance lets other brain modules run wild. However, excessive “fight or flight or freeze” activity reduces PFC dominance.
Behaviors that fit this description tend to represent relatively reduced dominance of the inhibiting circuitry of the prefrontal cortex. Note: Brodmann areas 9, 10, and 11 make up the pfc. This area is considered the executive control center and is largely inhibitory.
Infrared Images measure radiated thermal energy in the 7 to 14 micron frequency spectrum Infrared images haveno color so the computer inserts “false color” COLOR CODE HIGH ENERGY LOW ENERGY
MIGRAINE • HEAD INJURY • ADD AD/HD • DEPRESSION • ANGER • AUTISTIC SPECTRUM • OTHERS
Generally, images with high variability in infrared activity (large range from low to high output) are found in people who have severe problems. • Low variability is associated with more normal functioning. • Progress is measured by reduced variability.
Normal image 27 year old male
Note: temporal arteries. Dark areas may reflect pain. MIGRAINE (in progress, 17yo female)
6 month status migraine MIGRAINE (ATYPICAL, 16yo male)
HEAD INJURY(FRONTAL, 22yo male, cognitive deficits) Hit tree head-on riding 4 wheeler with no helmet, 1 month coma. Language and thinking deficit.
SAME FELLOW, 1yr later Back to grad school, after 1 year of prefrontal cortical brain training. (This was one of the preceding “normal” images.)
270 volt, hand to other body part HEAD INJURY(ELECTROCUTED, 42yo male, dementia)
51yo male, car accident, hit by 18 wheeler, headaches, depression, mental focus problems.
Same fellow, end of 10 frontal neurofeedback session, headaches better, but still problems. Some improvement in overall symptoms.
14yo female, end of first session Depression gone.
38yo female, depression, reverse lateralized Right side of her brain is dominant for language. With depression comes poor quality sleep.
42yo female, depression, reverse lateralized Right side of her brain is dominant for language. She “speaks” with her left hand.
CHRONIC ANXIETY, PARANOID DELUSIONS, 21yo male DIAGNOSIS: Paranoid Schizophrenia
Speech clear, thoughts flow smoothly. Same fellow after “monthly tuneup”.
ASD over right eye, language over left eye. Autism / Asperger’s(14yo male with speech articulation problems, attention OK)
Severe OCD, 20yo female Note: OCD, anxiety, and depression often coexist.
Same girl after 6 months Moderate improvement. OCD is very difficult. Usually returns somewhat when treatment stops.
Note: dark area over right eye (non language side) ANGER(15yo male)
Note: dark area over right eye for anger. Hot temporal arteries correlate with migraines. ANGER AND MIGRAINE (11yo male)
Same girl on stimulant medsADD symptoms normalized, still flares with anger.
Still on stimulants, “you guys are really pissing me off” Same girl, really angry.
Summary High variability is generally not a good sign. Black areas are strongly suggestive of pathology. Reduction of variability is strongly suggestive of improved functioning.