New system measures attention shifts in children--aims to improve accuracy of ADHD diagnoses. (Medical Research Update).
OPTAx can help clinicians differentiate between ADHD and other conditions with similar symptoms, says Dr. Teicher, such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He says, "Although most professionals feel that they're doing a good job at diagnosing and treating ADHD, parents and society perceive a need for more objectivity in ADHD testing. Some parents are concerned that the diagnosis is arrived at so quickly."
Another use of OPTAx is to determine with better precision how children with ADHD are responding to certain treatments. "When you have something that adds objective information," explains Dr. Teicher, "parents are very relieved. The test can show parents the severity of the problem and the degree of the child's response to medication. Conversely, the test will sometimes show parents that the child does not have ADHD."
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|Title Annotation:||OPtical Tracking and Attention test diagnoses attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder|
|Publication:||The Exceptional Parent|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2001|
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