EEG for ADHD Diagnosis is approved by US FDA. Electroencephalography shows specific changes in brain wave pattern in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Leading expert on holistic treatment of ADHD discusses use of EEG for ADHD diagnosis. How to use neurofeedback for ADHD treatment?
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EEG for ADHD Diagnosis. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Neurofeedback for ADHD treatment. Use of EEG brain test to diagnose ADHD was approved in 2013. Electroencephalography can be used to diagnose ADHD in children and adults. Beta and theta brain waves change in ADHD. Can Neurofeedback help treat ADHD? Neurofeedback is as effective as medications to treat ADHD patients. Cost and time are problems for neurofeedback treatment. Increasing use of EEG for ADHD diagnosis is helping more kids. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Many doctors also use neurofeedback for ADHD treatment. How neurofeedback can become more widespread in ADHD therapy. New technologies can make neurofeedback therapy of ADHD cheaper and faster. Significant and lasting improvement are seen with neurofeedback treatment of ADHD. EEG test in ADHD diagnosis is an objective criteria for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Video interview with top holistic treatment of ADHD expert. ADHD without drugs. Video interview with top expert in pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, ADD) and autism. Medical second opinion confirms that ADHD diagnosis is correct and complete. Your doctors can also use EEG for ADHD Diagnosis. it’s getting more convenient to apply Neurofeedback for ADHD treatment. Medical second opinion also confirms that ADD treatment is required. Medical second opinion helps to choose the best treatment for autism and ADHD. Get medical second opinion on ADHD and autism spectrum disorder and be confident that your treatment is the best. ADHD diagnosis by EEG (electroencephalography). Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Using Neurofeedback to treat ADHD. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD (Integrative Medicine ADHD specialist, UCSF). There is a new interesting thing that you asked about. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Can EEG help in ADHD diagnostic process? EEG is electroencephalography. Use of EEG in ADHD diagnosis is really fascinating. The kids with ADHD have different brain wave patterns than kids without ADHD. It is a general rule. ADHD kids don’t have enough beta waves. These are EEG waves that reflect an ability to focus attention. We are hopefully using beta waves now. ADHD kids have too many theta waves. These are your “spacing out” brain waves. It’s all normal but the ratio is a little too little beta to theta waves. You can measure beta and theta EEG waves. The FDA, the US Food and Drug Administration, has just licensed a beta-theta measurement as a tool for diagnosing ADHD. FDA haven’t said it’s necessary. But they said “okay, this is a legitimate method”. It can be a legitimate part of evaluating the child with ADHD. use of EEG in ADHD diagnostic process may be something we will see more in the future. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. How to do EEG for potential diagnosis of ADHD? Does it require some special EEG protocols? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. It’s not a routine kind of EEG. It’s one that is specially done to measure these types of waves. EEG also measures the ratio of beta to theta waves of EEG. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Are protocols available and published to guide those who perform EEG to do the test correctly? that EEG results can be potentially evaluated by a remote specialist? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Yes, yes absolutely. Those are published protocols and somebody could do the EEG on a person and transmit that very easily. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. How good is the correlation between the EEG abnormalities and clinical diagnosis of ADHD? You can do EEG in somebody with ADHD Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. The clinical trials vary. Some of the clinical trials show a correlation between EEG and clinical criteria of ADHD diagnosis to be 80% to 90%; eighty to ninety percent. That is very high! Other clinical trials show it wasn’t as good. there’s more research to be done on use of EEG in ADHD diagnostic process. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. certainly for a child who is being evaluated for ADHD, electroencephalogram could be a helpful tool in objective testing. Dr. Newmark: Yes. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Neurofeedback. What is the role of neurofeedback in treating kids with ADHD? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. this is really interesting. We talked about the fact that kids with ADHD have different brain wave patterns. It turns out using the biofeedback mechanism can help them. You can train children to change their own brain waves. they can increase their beta brain waves. They can decrease their theta waves. There has been a number of clinical trials showing that this can be done. That could help ADHD therapy. The problem now is that it’s a time consuming. It takes 30 to 40 sessions, and it’s pretty expensive. But neurofeedback might be something that in the future will have great potential for treating ADHD. Because with neurofeedback you getting people to change the way their own brain is working. This can improve the problem with attention. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. It’s known that in computer gaming there are headsets that control the game through the brain waves. Do you think that similar device could be developed for ADHD therapy? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Parents potentially can use it at home to treat ADHD. Perhaps under the guidance of physicians. But nevertheless parents would use such device at home to reduce the cost and length of treatment. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. That is a possibility. That is something that definitely needs to be researched. It might be used in the future. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. I hope that somebody is researching that correct now because that’s a very large opportunity. EEG for ADHD Diagnosis. Neurofeedback for ADHD treatment. Video interview with top ADHD holistic treatment expert. EEG can diagnose ADHD. Neurofeedback ADHD treatment is effective.