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Old 02-13-13, 03:50 PM
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Re: this DR Barkley quote states that Neurological tests have no value in the diagnos

A misdiagnosis, not only in the case of ADHD but in many other conditions (testable, physical conditions can be misdiagnosed as well) is that the wrong treatment or even no treatment at all can be seriously detrimental. In some cases, even deadly.

Essentially, unless you have a test that demonstrates that it is significantly superior to current evaluation procedures, there's no justification for the extra cost. EEG and qEEG cost thousands of dollars, and you still have to have them interpreted by a human being - same as the diagnostic evaluations you get from a psychiatrist. Unless it has a much smaller margin of error and is more conclusive than what we have now, it's better at decreasing your bank balance than anything else.

OTOH, the continued use of imaging programs, genetic testing, and other clinical trials, even when they fail, improves our understanding and gets us closer to finding more reliable answers.

And if you really, really, really want to see your brain, but can't afford the cost, you can do what I did and fall down and hit your head. It might get you only a CT scan, though, just to warn you!
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