The Psychiatric Times recently published an article discussing problems of overdiagnosis and overprescribing medications in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is an interesting review of what is known about the diagnosis of ADHD in children and adolescents as well as the prevalence of stimulant prescribing rates in children in the US.
Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal also posted an article exploring the topic of ADHD. This article looks into how brain structure and function play a role in causing ADHD in children. With the help of functional brain imaging, scientists identified one of the areas of the brain that may be causing inattention symptoms in children who may have ADHD.
SPECT Brain Imaging has been proven to assist physicians in identifying the presence and absence of ADHD in children and adults. CereScan uses SPECT Brain Imaging as an objective tool to help with the diagnosis of ADHD as well as to differentiate it from other disorders with similar symptoms. Below are links to the articles published by the Psychiatric Times and the Wall Street Journal.