Experts Say EEG May Be Unreliable Test for ADHD

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders, especially in children. However many are concerned that many children who are diagnosed with ADHD may be experiencing another mental issue and are being misdiagnosed.

This is why the news last year that electroencephalograms (EEG), a recording of the electrical activity along the scalp, may help in objectively diagnosing ADHD was viewed by man as a huge breakthrough in ADHD identification and treatment. Unfortunately, a few experts say the test may not be as exact as it is often presented to be.

Dr. Andrew N. Wilner, MD, from Medscape recently conducted an interview with Dr. Selim Benbadis, professor of neurology at the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital and EEG expert. While both agree there are benefits to the test, Dr. Benbadis warns that the natural fluctuations found in EEG scans make the tests unreliable for the diagnosis of ADHD.

Watch the interview at Medscape.

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