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Dr. Jonathan Posner in TIME

Reading the Brain: FDA Approves First Scan for Diagnosing ADHD
July 19, 2013

It’s the first test to diagnose the behavioral disorder using brain wave patterns, but it won’t be the last. The idea of reading the brain’s activity for clues to mental illness is gaining ground.


As Roxanne Khamsi reported in TIME recently, researchers are learning enough about the signature patterns of normal, and abnormal brain activity that they believe it may be possible to diagnose mental illnesses ranging from depression, schizophrenia, autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by studying readouts of brain waves, much in the way they now rely on elecrocardiograms (EKGs) to diagnose heart problems.

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