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Dr.Amen's 7 Types of ADD

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The surface of a healthy brain looks smooth with full and symmetrical blood flow and activity. This tells us that the brain is working the way it is supposed to.
ADD is not a one size fits all diagnoses, and often leads people asking about the differences between ADD and ADHD. Research by Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist and brain imaging specialist, has found that ADD is not a simple or even a single condition. Over decades of studies, Dr. Amen has discovered that 7 types of ADD exist, all of which have separate symptoms, causes, and courses of treatment. If you believe, after reading, that you may have one of these 7 types - CALL MY OFFICE TODAY! I would love to help you. 

Type 1 - Classic ADD

Type 2 - Inattentive ADD

Symptoms:   Inattentive, distractible, hyperactive, disorganized and impulsive. Normal brain activity at rest; decreased brain activity during concentrated tasks.

Cause:   Dopamine deficiency; decreased blood flow in prefrontal cortex and cerebellum, as well as basal ganglia, which helps produce dopamine.

Symptoms: Short attention span, distractible, disorganized, procrastinates, may daydream and be introverted; not hyperactive or impulsive; impacts girls as much or more than boys.

Cause:
 Dopamine deficiency; low activity in the prefrontal cortex.

Type 4 - Temporal Lobe ADD

Type 3 - Over-Focused ADD

Symptoms: Core symptoms of Classic ADD, as well as learning, memory, and behavioral problems, such as quick anger, aggression, and mild paranoia.

Cause: Abnormalities in the temporal lobe; decreased activity in prefrontal cortex.

Symptoms: Core symptoms of Classic ADD, plus trouble shifting attention, going from thought-to-thought or task-to-task; getting stuck in negative thought patterns or behaviors.

Cause: Dopamine and serotonin deficiencies; over-activity in anterior cingulate gyrus, which makes flexibility difficult.

Type 6 - Ring of Fire ADD

Type 5 - Limbic ADD

Symptoms: Sensitivity to noise, light, touch; periods of mean, nasty behavior; unpredictable behavior; speaking fast; anxiety and fearfulness.

Cause: A ring of hyperactivity around the brain (the entire brain is overactive, with too much activity across the cerebral cortex and other areas).

Symptoms: Core symptoms of Classic ADD, as well as chronic low-level sadness (not depression): moodiness, low energy, frequent feelings of helplessness or excessive guilt, and chronic low self-esteem.

Cause: Too much activity in the limbic part of the brain (the mood control center); decreased prefrontal cortex activity, whether concentrating on a task or at rest.

Type 7 - Anxious ADD

Symptoms: Core symptoms of Classic ADD, as well as chronic low-level sadness (not depression): moodiness, low energy, frequent feelings of helplessness or excessive guilt, and chronic low self-esteem.

Cause: Too much activity in the limbic part of the brain (the mood control center); decreased prefrontal cortex activity, whether concentrating on a task or at rest.

The information and visuals provided to you in this section is for informational purposes only and is from Dr. Daniel Amen's website ( www.amenclinics.com). For more information on Dr. Daniel Amen, please call his clinics at 844-335-7658 or visit the website provided.

Please do not self-diagnose. If you feel you may have ADD, please contact my office today! 
If you have ever wondered if you have ADD or ADHD, sometimes it is just as easy as a checklist being reviewed by a qualified professional.  

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   Did you ever...
  • Did you ever think that relationship problems could be because of ADHD?
  • Did you ever consider that mood swings could be rooted in ADHD?
  • Did you ever think that impulsive anger issues could be because of ADHD?
  • Did you ever think that insomnia could be because of ADHD?
  • Did you question whether easily forgetting things could be ADHD?
  • Did you ever think that difficulty learning just might be ADHD?
  • Did you ever wonder if having to constantly be doing something - just might be ADHD?
  • Did you ever question whether misinterpreting comments might be part of ADHD?
  • Did you ever consider that not caring could be rooted in ADHD?
  • Did you ever think explosive anger could be a sign of ADHD?
  • Did you ever think that creative geniuses are most likely ADHD?
  • Did you ever question if comedians are just hyper-brained ADHD?
  • Did you ever realize most people who use caffeine are ADHD?
  • Did you ever consider that many undiagnosed ADHD adults have learned to cope with their ADHD but are frustrated and wish they had gotten help from someone who actually gets it?


  • Did you know there is actually help from someone who is ADHD - who does personally understand it and not only gets it but can help you understand  and help you do something about it.  Guess who that is.  Right - call - I will be glad to talk to you and help, too!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do ADD/ADHD children outgrow it when they reach puberty?
In about 25% of the cases 80% of the hyperactivity goes away - but not the inattention - which is for life.  

Isn't ADD/ADHD just due to bad parenting?
No - children are born with it - have it at birth and it never goes away.

If a child is on ADHD medication, will he more likely use alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, or street drugs as a teenager?
Rarely - it is the reverse - non-medicated ADHD teens & adults are 75% likely to have addictive behaviors by self-medicating, nicotine, alchohol, caffeine, or street drugs.  

Is there just one medication for ADHD children?
No - there are several that help depending on the child.


What about natural supplements?
There have been some positive results with certain ones.


What about psychophysiological feedback - biofeedback?
Yes - it shows great promise in teaching self-control & learning how to be "Mr. Calm" (the ability to calm the brain which helps the hyperactivity in the brain).  


What about helping parents learn how to coach their child?
Individual therapy alone just does not work - but with family therapy - I teach the parents how to help their child - what they can do to be part of the solution.  


Are all ADHD children hyperactive?
No - all ADHD children have hyperactive brains and the other symptoms without having hyperactive behavior - boys tend to be more hyperactive.    


Is it possible that ADHD children have co-existing problems?
40-65% have Oppositional Defiant Disorder - 25-45% Conduct Disorder - 
30-35% LD - 34% Anxiety Disrorders - 15-27% Depression and mood swings with many having a degree of Asperger's Disorder - not connecting - lacking empathy.


What about adults - can they have ADHD?
Yes - if you are born with ADHD - you may outgrow most of the hyperactivity behavior - but never outgrow the hyperactive brain.  Many undiagnosed adults self-medicate with nicotine - alcohol - street drugs and caffine to help them cope.


​What about NO MEDS?
The parents' choice - some children who have strong support can learn to 
self-control with biofeedback training - but the brain is still hyperactive. 

 
Can ADHD adults be helped?
YES - if the person really wants help & ready to make to make some changes.  


Aren't we over-diagnosing ADHD?
Only 1 out of 4 are ADHD are being diagnosed - others self-medicate.


Are there other signs of ADHD?
6-35% delay in talking - 10-54% have speech problems such as stutterng - 
46% accident prone - 39% night walking - 50% social relationship problems.


Please call or email if you have questions or would like to set an appointment!