7-Year-Old Bryce: Mommy, I See Ghosts

I See Ghosts

When 7-year-old Bryce’s mother read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to him, he became very upset. The visual distortions described in the book by Lewis Carroll (who is reported to have had “temporal lobe experiences”) felt familiar to him. He said that he felt like Alice. “I have weird things happen to me,” he told her. “I see things.”

Seeing Things: Was Bryce Losing His Mind?

During the day, Bryce saw objects change shapes, often getting smaller. He also saw green, shadowy ghosts at night. The young boy also had a lot of anxiety symptoms. Some moms might chalk this up to “childish imagination,” but Bryce’s mom could see the fear in her child’s eyes and believed him. Frightened that Bryce was losing his mind (a cousin had been diagnosed with a “schizophrenic-like” illness), his mother sought out a comprehensive brain health evaluation that included brain imaging tests.

Looking into Bryce’s Brain

Bryce’s brain SPECT study showed a focal area of increased activity in his right temporal lobe. This is called temporal lobe epilepsy, but it doesn’t always involve the seizures typically associated with epilepsy. It explained why Bryce was seeing things. The child wasn’t going crazy, he simply had too much activity in this area of his brain.

Bryce’s Brain, Affected by Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

temporal lobe epilepsy

The Temporal Lobes

In most people, the left temporal lobe is dominant and involved in language, memory, and mental stability. The right temporal lobe is considered non-dominant and it is involved with reading facial expressions, processing verbal tones and intonations from others, hearing rhythms, appreciating music, visual learning, and spiritual experiences.

Temporal Lobe Problems

Problems with the dominant (usually left) temporal lobe include aggression, emotional instability, and reading difficulties. Issues with the nondominant (usually right) temporal lobe include difficulty recognizing facial expressions. Some temporal lobe problems can affect one or both sides. These include:

memory problems, amnesia
• headaches or abdominal pain without a clear explanation
• anxiety or fear for no particular reason
• abnormal sensory perceptions, visual or auditory distortions
• feelings of déjà vu or jamais vu
• periods of spaciness or confusion
• religious or moral preoccupation
• hypergraphia (excessive writing)
• seizures

Treating Bryce’s Brain

Bryce’s treatment included an anti-seizure medication to stabilize his temporal lobe and psychotherapy. Within two weeks, Bryce’s strange experiences disappeared, and over the next six months, his anxiety lessened.

Bryce was diagnosed and treated at Amen Clinics, which takes a multi-modal approach to treatment that can include psychotherapy, nutritional therapy, medications (when necessary), and more.

If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, understand that temporal lobe problems are treatable. Reach out today to schedule an evaluation or call us at 888-288-9834.


  1. I diagnosed myself after getting lost 2 times Hong to my son’s house and other stupid things My doctor put me on on medication. I never was aware that there are different types of dimentia till I read ypur post. My dr. Did not send for a rain scan or explain anything
    To me.

    Comment by Carol Simpson — April 22, 2019 @ 5:56 AM

  2. My husband has been diagnosed with levy any help possible we live in spain

    Comment by Laju — April 24, 2019 @ 2:37 AM

  3. I can’t prove it at this time but I think it is highly probable that these are toxin related conditions and if there is ANY chance of MOLD exposure in your recent past you should be on HIGH alert for future mold exposure causing repeat symptoms

    Comment by I can't prove it at this time but I think it is highly probable that these are toxin related conditions and if there is ANY chance of MOLD exposure in your recent past you should be on HIGH alert for future mold exposure causing repeat symptoms — April 24, 2019 @ 7:14 AM

  4. Brilliant story b filled with Hope & Healing, regarding Bryce. I have witnessed Dr. Amen as he lectures on public television; i wish he could live for another 100 years! Amd…what a miracle if he could sit on some Cabinet appointment by a U. S. President! A gift to the nation/ a gift to the World! -30-.

    Comment by Gregg Oreo — April 24, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

  5. Was he checked for Irlen syndrome? Many symptoms are similar to what you described. Some of my clients have been misdiagnosed with psychiatric conditions when it was really Irlen Syndrome: seizures, anxieties, visual distortions resembling ghosts or misaligned features like facial ones, etc.

    Comment by Shoshana Shamberg — April 24, 2019 @ 2:56 PM

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