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ADHD Brain

Dr. Daniel Amen's Six Types of ADHD & combinations

ADHD: "It Takes One to Know One and I am One!"

Maybe that is why I have been so SUCCESSFUL 
in helping ADHD individuals & their families.​
If your child is already getting help but not improving enough - then maybe it is time to get help from someone who 
is ADHD & who gets it.

Normal Brain

Classic ADHD Brain

Does it feel like your ADD/ ADHD child drives you a little "crazy?"
Type 1 Classic ADHD

Hyperactive - Restless - Easily Distracted - Impulsive

“When most people think about ADD, they think about Type 1: Classic ADHD. Hyperactive, restless, impulsive, disorganized, distractible, and trouble concentrating are Type 1’s hallmark symptoms. This type of ADD is usually evident early in life. As babies, Type 1 sufferers tend to be colicky, very active, and they are hard to soothe and hold (they wiggle a lot). They have less eye contact than other children their age and parents have a more difficult time bonding with these children. It is hard to bond with a child who is in constant motion, who struggles to get away when you try to hold her. The hyperactivity and conflict-driven behavior usually gets everyone’s attention early. The children are restless, in constant motion, noisy, talkative, and demanding. They also seem to need constant excitement or to see someone get upset. In addition, many of the inattentive symptoms are present as well. These ADD children are usually the first ones to be diagnosed, because they bring a lot of negative attention to themselves. These children are hard to be around, especially for people who are sensitive to noise. Parents of hyperactive children frequently feel tired, embarrassed, angry, and over-whelmed. As a group, Type 1 ADD individuals have low self-esteem. Due to the hyperactivity, conflict-driven behavior, and impulsivity these children, teens, and adults are in trouble wit someone nearly every day of their lives. The brain SPECT findings in Type 1 show normal brain activity at rest and decreased activity, especially in the prefrontal cortex (pfc), during a concentration task,” Daniel G. Amen, M.D. pp. 77-78, Healing ADD, 2001.  
Type 2 Inattentive ADHD

Short Attention - Chronic Boredom - Decreased Motivation.

Type 3 Overfocused ADHD 

Trouble Shifting Attention - Stubborn - Gets Stuck
Obsessive ( can not let go of a thought) - Argumentative.

Type 4 Temporal Lobe ADHD

Mood Instability - Aggressive - Mild Paranoia
Learning-Memory Problems

Type 5 Limbic ADHD

Depression - Negativity - Social Isolation - Irritability

Type 6 Ring of Fire ADHD

Severe Oppositional - Temper Problems 
Overly Sensitive - Mood Swings

Type 7 Anxious ADHD

Disorganized - Anxiety
Tension - Tendency to Predict the worst.
Freeze and test taking situations

It takes more than just medication to help ADHDand individual therapy alone just does not really help enough.

It takes family support - family training 
psychophysiological biofeedback for self-control skills
plus an undertanding of what ADHD actually is.
Sometimes no medication is even needed at all and sometimes natural supplements can help.
There is help from someone who has been there & knows how to help.


Does it feel like your ADD/ ADHD child drives you a little "crazy?"