The three fundamental types of brain conditions.
1. Functional issues 2. Pathological issues 3. Both together

1. When the brain has functional or developmental problems, these conditions have been called by various names such as: Functional Disconnection Syndrome, or Functional Neurologic Disorders to name two. Or neuroscientists may say that the brain has lost functional connectivity, or it lacks temporal coherence, that development has stalled or accelerated in some areas, or the brain is uncoordinated, or desynchronized. In any case, when functionality is impaired it results in soft and hard signs. Examples of functional disorders are things like depression, anxiety, ADHD, learning disorders, memory loss, math problems, problems with focus and/or concentration, irritability, anger control issues, insomnia, balance problems, brain fog and more. For a more comprehensive list see below. When a health care practitioner gives your or your child a diagnosis of a functional brain disorder (no actual brain tissue destruction), such as ADHD, anxiety, Learning Disorders, depression, mild cognitive impairment, or any number of disorders, this diagnosis does not tell you what is going on in the brain. Only a functional neurologic examination will reveal what is going on in the brain and point the way to therapies to restore function to whatever degree is possible. 2. When you have had actual brain tissue damage, from chemical issues such as alcohol, autoimmune diseases or diabetes, or from stroke or trauma, a functional neurologic examination will reveal what areas of functionality still exist. 3. Often people will have both tissue destruction and functional issues together. In any case, stimulation therapies will encourage the growth and development of new functional connections between remaining neurons in the brain or nervous system to restore lost functionality. This is where hope comes in. It is more important to know what is going wrong in the brain than the name given to your condition. Knowing what is going on will result in a greater understanding and more effective therapies. For example, if you are told that you have depression, there is no blood test for this and no findings on MRI that will tell you that you have depression. Neuroscience has repetitively shown that depression results when the left frontal lobe is underactive and thus there are neurologic soft signs that will be expressed that a functional neurologic exam will pinpoint. …surprised when their exam reveals a lot of neurologic soft signs and that their brain function is starting to decay. They are just as surprised when they learn how to restore brain function and get those soft signs to go away and at the same time feel better. It is hoped that when the recognition of these signs of brain dysfunction are detected early enough that you can thus reduce your risk of more advanced neurologic conditions later in life by early intervention strategies. Once a patient completes a care program, they often continue care with the goal of attaining peak performance in all aspects of their life.

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