ADD is a very real problem for our country and our world. Up to ten percent of our nation’s children deal with ADD or ADHD. Up to 20 percent of our children deal with focus and attention issues on a regular basis. More than half of the brain based work we have done over the last several years has involved focus/attention issues, impulsivity issues, behavioral issues and learning issues. There is a great deal of misconceptions about ADD. The most common misconception is that every person dealing with this problem is hyperactive. We see only about 1/2 of the cases we deal with have a hyperactivity component. That is the chief difference between Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Besides hyperactivity the cases can vary wildly from a mild issue to one bordering the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Daniel Amen’s classification system of ADD has revolutionized the way healthcare providers look at these cases. He is one of my mentors and teachers. Dr. Amen has helped me has a much deeper understanding of these cases.

Lets go over the 7 types of ADD commonly seen:

Type 1 Classic ADD- described as inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized, often hyperactive, restless, and impulsive. This is the first type of ADD recognized by parents, family, friends and the school. They tend to get into trouble at an early age and are recognized first. For many years this was thought to be the only type of ADD. We see a lot of these cases in our office.

Type 2 Inattentive ADD- described as inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized daydreamers. Not hyperactive. Often female.

Type 3 Overfocused ADD- described as inattentive, trouble shifting attention, negative/ thoughts/behaviors, obsessive tendencies, inflexible, oppositional at times.

Type 4 Temporal Lobe ADD- described as inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized, irritable, short fuse, dark thoughts, often struggle with learning disabilities.

Type 5 Limbic ADD- inattentive, low energy, socially isolated, often feel hopeless or worthless.

Type 6 Ring of Fire ADD- described as inattentive, overly sensitive, cyclical moods (way up and way down), often oppositional

Type 7 Anxious ADD- described as inattentive, anxious, tense, with headaches or GI symptoms.

Thankfully we can look at a patient’s history, perform a neurological evaluation and a brain map and often categorize each patient. This allows for a more targeted management process. There is no one size fits all diagnosis or treatment of this complex condition.

A brain map is a 15 minute computerized, non-invasive analysis of brain function. This allows us to find the areas of the brain that are under or over- firing and then balance the areas using our advanced brain rehabilitation techniques. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms I mentioned above, I encourage you to find out more about our office and brain mapping. Knowing what the problem is can give you peace of mind and an opportunity to correct the problem.

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