How Does ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Impact Brain Activity?
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) impacts a larger percentage of the population across all ages.
If suspected at a young age, individuals can undergo a clinical assessment and a battery of psychological tests that can uncover underlying cognitive functions that may be contributing to pervasive inattention and hyperactivity.
Many school age children and adolescents undergo this battery of tests to uncover how their brain works, the best ways to learn, and what accommodations would be beneficial in the academic setting.
Later in life, some adults may report struggling with inattention in their youth but it may not have been problematic up until adulthood.
These adults may also undergo assessment and a battery of psychological tests to determine how they learn and develop strategies for how to optimally function in occupational and social settings.
Recently, a breakthrough in neuroscience has found a possible relationship between certain brainwave patterns and classic symptoms of ADHD (inattention and hyperactivity).
Researchers have found a possible link between beta and theta waves that when coupled with traditional psychological testing, yields a thorough, more accurate description of an individual’s cognitive processes.
The electroencephalogram (EEG) measures brain activity and the development of the Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment (NEBA) has gotten FDA approval for a mental health assessment tool.
What does all this mean?
While much research still needs to be done, NEBA — when coupled with a battery of psychological testing — can provide a much more individualized description of the cognitive processes. With this information, further strategies and interventions can be developed which would certainly lead to the reduction of pervasive symptoms over time.
If you or your children struggle with symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity, a clinical assessment and a battery of psychological testing can be helpful.
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