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What tests are used to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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To diagnose ADHD, your child should receive a full physical exam, including vision and hearing screenings. The FDA has approved the use of the Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) System, a non-invasive scan that measures theta and beta brain waves. The theta to beta ratio has been shown to be higher in children and adolescents with ADHD than in children without it. The scan, approved for use in those aged 6 to 17 years, is meant to be used as a part of a complete medical and psychological exam.

In addition, the health care provider should take a complete medical history to screen for other conditions that may affect a child's behavior.

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control. 

Searight, H. R. November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

FDA: “FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control. 

Searight, H. R. November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

FDA: “FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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