Because everyone shows signs of specific behaviors at one time or another, the guidelines for determining whether a person has ADD/ADHD are not based on a list of symptoms, nor on a Web-based quiz.
These inadequate methods of evaluation are only suggestive of ADD/ADHD, and can lead to a misdiagnosis, which in turn may lead to needless and perhaps harmful treatments, i.e., medication.
Since ADD/ADHD is a brain-based problem, the brain needs to be evaluated with the proper tools to locate probable weaknesses that may occur in the left or right side of the cortex (brain).
State-of-the-art technology called Videonystagmography (VNG) is an incredible tool to isolate the parts of the brain contributing to the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD. VNG uses an infrared-camera system to record eye movements during specific testing procedures. The information provided by these tests objectively measures the frontal-lobe activity—the same area involved with ADD/ADHD.
The second tool used to properly evaluate an individual with ADD/ADHD is the Interactive Metronome, a state-of-the-art computer-generated program that utilizes sounds to improve the timing and sequencing of brain impulses. It is also used to evaluate the processing speed of the cerebellum and cortex, again the areas of the brain involved with ADD.
For more information on VNG and the IM, see http://darienim.com/addlearning-disorder-program.html
In summary: Objective testing, including VNG, the Interactive Metronome, a complete physical examination, and an in-depth history, provides the most accurate parameters for diagnosing ADD/ADHD.
Finally—last but not least—how is ADD/ADHD properly treated to restore normal function?
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