The diagnosis and treatment of ADHD has changed significantly over the past few decades. Today, many technologies are used to better diagnose as well as treat this condition. In the past few years alone, great strides have been made in the field of biometric measurement on a personal level. Technological tools are available today that allow for better monitoring of many health concerns from fatigue and food sensitivities to calorie ingestion and brain monitoring.
New technology in the field of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder today even includes smartphone applications that can help to detect and even improve many of the problems associated with worsening ADHD symptoms. Lack of sleep, food sensitivities and stress can all trigger symptoms of this disorder and these new technologies offer better ways of dealing with these symptom triggers.
Single channel EEG bands can now be used to send wireless signals to computers that allow users to learn more about their current state of attention. This neurological feedback tool is now available for home use by patients and allows them to better train themselves to overcome certain symptom triggers. Future technology could see applications designed to consistently monitor the brain and send updated feedback directly to smart phones that contains detailed information about fatigue and individual attention levels. The smartphone applications would notify the user by beeps or chimes that will instantly alert them of periods when they may be falling asleep or losing their attention grasp.
Emotiv Life Sciences as well as NeuroSky currently provide EEG monitors that are available for home use. The products are inexpensive and require no special skills to set up and use. These two companies are also currently working on attention and brain health applications that can be used on smartphones for alerts of certain symptom triggers or effects.
Hoffmann-La Roche has developed a monitoring device that is called iBrain and is a personal brain monitor that is designed to be used for monitoring and diagnosis on a professional level. It is a single channel EEG device that is very similar to the headsets provided by Emotiv Life Sciences and NeuroSky. The device is designed to monitor brain activity and provide healthcare professionals with wave data and feedback regarding how certain ADHD medications are working in patients. The company has announced that the device can be used for diagnosing and monitoring sleep disorders and the use of iBrain for ADHD diagnosis and monitoring is still currently being studied.
Technology in the healthcare industry has provided a number of great strides toward better patient care and diagnosis. Personal monitoring tools are being developed at a rapid pace, encouraging those who suffer from ADHD and other disorders that better means of monitoring and treatment are soon to be available. Devices in the future will be made much smaller than what is currently available and be a bit more affordable so that patients who need them can easily access them. As technological advances in the healthcare industry increase, so will the technology behind ADHD monitoring devices.