There are 7 types of ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). For many years, it was thought that there was only one brain pattern that defined ADHD. It was the work of Dr. Daniel Amen that made the world realize there are several different forms. Type 1 or Classic ADHD has several distinct characteristics.

With Type 1 ADD, we often see hyperactivity. The ADD then becomes ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). This is often seen in stimulating or stimming behavior. This is the child who is in constant movement. It is difficult to sit still. It is difficult not to drum your fingers on the desk. Their brain is constantly looking for stimulation. The hard part to understand is that the brain often does not care is there is a positive or negative consequence for the stimulation. Type 1’s are usually recognized at a young age because of the amount of negative attention they receive. Impulsivity is often an issue. They often do not think before they act or speak.

These are often the cases that the family reports that stimulant medication worked for a period of time in the past. Often we hear that a certain stimulant seemed to work for a period of time and then they had to change drugs or significantly raise the amount of drug they were taking.

Type 1 cases often do better on a higher protein/lower carbohydrate diet. The higher protein helps stable blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is an important part of the fuel delivery system to the brain and the rest of the body. The high carbohydrate diet tends to see more ups and downs in energy levels and tends to be higher in chronic inflammation. Inflammation in the leading theory not only for cancer and heart disease, but also brain dysfunction.

The way to know what you are dealing with is brain mapping, neurological evaluation and review of history. There is a distinct neurological finding in Type 1 cases. These cases show high theta waves (4-7 hertz) in the front portion of the brain along with low beta waves (13-30 hertz) in the front portion of the brain. These cases typically respond very well to neurofeedback (brain wave retraining), brain strengthening exercises, and nutritional help.

If we can help in any way, feel free to contact us at The Martin Clinic at 770.237.3970 or We are located in Duluth, Georgia, across from The Infinite Energy Arena.