Dear Desperate Mom,
There are no scans as such used to diagnose ADHD; certain scans can show which areas of the brain are active during a certain activity. These scans sometimes show different active areas in people with ADHD and those without. The only medical practitioners who can diagnose ADHD are psychologists, neurologists and paediatricians; a neurologist can turn out to be the more expensive route. There are a number of alternatives to Ritalin: Concerta and Strattera are the most common, and can have similar side effects to Ritalin. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing if your daughter will suffer from these beforehand. There are a number of natural products out there such as ADDvance, Biostrath and EyeQ, but there is no guarantee that these will have the desired effects. I cannot stress often enough how important it is that you seek an holistic approach; medication is not the only avenue to ADHD, behavioral therapies, psychotherapy sessions and educational assistance is crucial.
All the best.
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