NeuroAnalysis

Psychiatry is facing the major challenge of etiological diagnosis. This is the ultimate challenge because it entails discovering the causes of mental disorders.

Even though a majority of clinicians agree that the brain is the organ of mental disorders, there is not even one disease in psychiatry that taxonomic-wise includes the brain .

An old Chinese adage states that “Wisdom begins by calling things by their correct names” meaning that unless we start reformulating mental-disorders as brain-disorders we shall not be medically wise in psychiatry.

Based on computational neuroscience, complex-systems-physics and the science of neuronal networks, an attempt for a preliminary brain-based psychiatry is made in this project.

Brain Profiling is the diagnostic process based on neuroanalysis. Brain Profiling is the etiological diagnostic formulation for mental-disorders making the daunting conceptual leap of defining mental disorders as brain disorders.

The table below summarizes the hypothetical brain-disturbances, dynamics and network-locations of the various mental disorders.

 

 
Brain Disturbance
Brain Dynamics
Brain Anatomy
Psychosis and schizophrenia
Disconnection dynamics general and hierarchal
Fast millisecond-range plasticity
Central Executive Network
Negative signs and deficiency
Over-connection dynamics general and hierarchal
Fast millisecond-range plasticity
Central Executive Network
Anxiety
Instability of connections (constraints frustration)
Fast minutes-range plasticity
Salient Network
Mood
Optimization of matching and Free-energy alterations
Slow days, weeks-range plasticity
Salient NetworkDefault Mode Network
Personality disorders
Attractor internal configurations and maturation
Lifelong developmental plasticity
Default Mode Network

 

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