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ADHD in the News – FDA Approves Brainwave Test

July 16, 2013

ADHD and BrainwavesThis week, the FDA approved the use of the Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) System which uses electroencephalogram (EEG) technology to record brain waves.  The test measures the ratios of theta and beta wave frequencies.  This ratio can then be used in the ADHD diagnosis process as the theta/beta ratio is often higher in children and adolescents with ADHD than in those without the disorder.  The test will not provided a definitive diagnosis but can improve accuracy when used as part of a comprehensive diagnostic interview and assessment.

This is great news for those of us with ADHD on several fronts but primarily for this one reason.  Perhaps if there is an actual diagnostic test for  ADHD it will cut down on at least some of the speculating that it is a) not a real condition b) an excuse to medicate active children.  I am also a big fan of anything that means more people with ADHD have the opportunity to get a diagnosis so that they can get on with living their lives in the most successful way possible.

Unfortunately, like all things ADHD, this test is only approved for children and adolescents but hopefully the science will soon begin to catch up with the reality that Adults have ADHD too!

Learn more about EEG Technology here


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