The frontal lobe of the brain is the supervisor of the brain. It is in control. Almost all brain function is fired forward for processing by the frontal lobe. Without proper frontal lobe function, good health is very difficult, if not impossible to come by. Without a boss in a large company, the workers would scramble around in an uncoordinated effort to do the proper thing.
The frontal lobe is the largest lobe of the brain. This area is behind your forehead and extends back to the temple area. This lobe makes us who we are, is our personality, distinguishes us from everything else of earth and also acts as a gatekeeper to the deeper limbic lobe. Without proper gating of the deeper limbic lobe, we often seeing symptoms such as: impulsivity (acting and/or saying things without regard to consequences), poor emotional control and reckless or careless behavior.
Damage to the frontal lobe of the brain can cause severe problems in a person’s life. Poor frontal lobe function often results in poor executive functions. Executive functions include: learning, communicating, understanding, organization and dealing with new people and new situations. More than 90% of the patients that come into our office dealing with neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative disorders have a poorly functioning frontal lobe.
We can determine how the frontal lobe is functioning with brain mapping and a neurological exam. A brain map is a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized test of the brain. It shows us if any area, including the frontal lobe, is over-firing or under-firing. A neurological exam shows us the motor and sensory function of the brain (such as following a target or walking a straight line). These exam allow for targeted management of the neurological problem. Management of the problem usually includes brain rehab to the weak areas involved.
Besides the frontal lobe, we also look at the temporal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, sensory/ motor strip, cerebellum and deep nuclei. These areas are also very important to evaluate in situations in which the brain is not functioning well.
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