Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, sleep or PTSD, and wondering if brain imaging might be helpful for you? QEEG scans can be beneficial in many ways especially compared with other types of brain imaging. Here is an overview of how qEEG differs from other types of brain scans.
A quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) is a test that analyzes the electrical activity of the brain to measure and display patterns that correspond to brain function.
WHAT DOES IT SHOW?
qEEG reveals areas of the brain with too much activity, or too little activity. The scan averages brain activity levels over a few minutes, making it ideal for evaluating brain function.
qEEG scans are very sensitive to brain function and are one of the best tools for assessing concussions. MRI and CT scans miss 75% of concussion problems that qEEG scans identify. This is because MRIs and CTs can only see visible structure, and cannot detect functional problems that occur at the microscopic level.
Some of the additional ways qEEG can help include:
- Offering hope by showing that you can change your brainwaves
- Validation of the cause of your symptoms
- Guiding a suitable treatment plan
The above qEEG scan shows a brain with excessive levels of fast brainwaves as well as deficient levels of slow brainwaves. The result is an unusually “fast brain”” that is prone to sleep difficulties and anxiety issues.
The blue in the theta brain, plus the red in the beta brain, indicate difficulty slowing down and relaxing. Using a car analogy, think of the theta waves as the brakes of your brain, and the beta waves as the gas pedal.
When a person with this brainwave pattern tries to relax, their brakes are too light and their gas pedal is too heavy. They have to work extra hard, and require more time to rest, relax and sleep well.
This person may experience frequent fatigue because of the extra brain work and the poor quality of their rest and recovery processes. They are more susceptible to anxiety, stress triggers, and lower stress coping capacity.
The alpha image shows a little bit of excessive electrical activity in the red areas at the top of the brain. This imbalance my indicate problems with attention and focus, and a tendency to daydream.
This pattern of brainwaves is often caused by too much stress, traumatic experiences, shift work, concussions, and other stressors. The great news is that these brainwaves can be balanced to alleviate symptoms.
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