Please note that this is just an artist’s version of a bi-polar brain that I researched on the Internet. Although the differences in colour and activity are apparent, it is not considered sufficient by the experts to be a diagnostic tool.

I have had numerous brain imaging scans and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans in a desperate bid to see what is wrong with my brain. I am ashamed to admit that I wanted the results to show a tumour so that at least there would be an explanation for the pain and disturbances. Most of you will know what an MRI scan. It is my understanding that it is a technique that uses magnetic and radio waves to create pictures of tissues, organs and other structures within the body, which can then be viewed on a computer.

Someone with bipolar will no doubt be familiar with brain scans as they feel there absolutely must be something wrong with their brains. Of course medicine is evolving all the time and brain-imaging studies are helping scientists learn what happens in the brain of a person with bi-polar disorder. Newer brain-imaging tools, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), allow researchers to take pictures of the living brain at work. These tools help scientists study the brain’s structure and activity. Some imaging studies show how the brains of people with bi-polar disorder may differ from the brains of healthy people or people with other mental disorders.

My own Psychiatrist maintains that the findings are not specific and outspoken enough to make them a diagnostic tool…

Bipolar and normal brain

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