Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD comes in many forms. For many years, healthcare providers believed there was just one type of ADD. I noticed almost a decade ago that the kids and adults with ADD had very different symptoms and very different brain map findings. Our ADD practice grew very quickly and we started identifying several different forms. Dr. Daniel Amen published in his book, Healing ADD, that there are actually 7 distinct types of ADD. I agree with Dr. Amen and have dealt with these 7 distinct types.

Some children have a transient form of ADD. Transient meaning comes and goes, depending on the situation. Some have a form that is almost always present. Some people have true ADD and some have other brain based problems that mimic ADD. A good example is those that have dealt with head trauma. We see many adults that did not have ADD as a child but are experiencing ADD symptoms after a concussion or blow to the head.

We have a way of knowing if we are dealing with ADD or some other type of brain based problem. That way is brain mapping. Brain mapping involves the recording of the electrical activity of the brain with EEG sensors. We then take the recordings and send them off for comparison. Mapping is a reliable way to look at brain function.

Here are the seven types:

Type 1: Classic ADD

Type 2: Inattentive ADD

Type 3: Overfocused ADD

Type 4: Temporal Lobe ADD

Type 5: Limbic ADD

Type 6: Ring of Fire ADD

Type 7: Anxious ADD

The first step is a brain map. Type 1 ADD is completely different than the other 6 types. Brain mapping allows for targeted management of the problem. It allows us to identify where the problem is and the severity of the problem area. It also allows us to monitor progress. This is very different than any other model of care for ADD. The brain map model of care for ADD is 21st century care.

It is important for people to know that stimulant and antipsychotic medications are not the only options for dealing with ADD. There are very effective non-drug options for attention deficit disorder. We have had a very high success rate in dealing with ADD through mapping, neurofeedback, frontal lobe exercises, nutrition and metabolic testing. We have used this technique for almost a decade. For more information about our targeted ADD management program , call us at The Martin Clinic at 770.237.3970 or check us out at


The Martin Clinic has been a great resource to my family. Neurofeedback is innovative and effective in enhancing focus and attention. And you will not find a more knowledgable and experienced practitioner of this technology than Dr Martin. -Ben