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ADHD Types: Classic ADHD | Inattentive ADD


ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) occur in six distinct types according to ADHD researcher, Dr Daniel Amen at the Amen Clinic. He has used SPECT brain imaging (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) to study attention deficit and has found six different brain patterns causing ADHD symptoms. Daniel Amen’s six types of ADHD make more sense than the conventional model with three types, as his model reflects real life ADHD, and is more scientifically viable. Determining the type of ADHD is a great help in finding the best treatment for the individual with attention deficit and/or hyperactivity problems.


These first two types of ADD/ADHD are the true gifted ADHD personalities. These are the Classic ADHD and the Inattentive ADD. These two are not disorders; they are better described as personality types. These people think predominantly intuitively and are boredom intolerant. Here are found the great philosophers, scientists, inventors, writers, composers and artists. Society owes them a debt for humanity’s progress. They have the enthusiasm, creativity and a resilience, not giving up easily. When these people are bored with the projects they have started, then there are others, the neurotypicals, who have the talent to finish the job while the ADHDers are off starting the next project.


If a person with one of these two types tries to fit in to the normal (neurotypical) lifestyle, then s/he will struggle in life and probably feel frustrated and a failure. If on the other hand an honest assessment is made of strengths and weaknesses, and a life is directed to take advantage of the strengths and learn coping strategies for the weaknesses, then there is a good chance of living a happy and fulfilled life.


>Please remember that ADD/ADHD is dimensional and not categorical. There are overlaps between the different types as well as variations as to which symptoms a person has and the severity of the specific symptoms.


Type 1: Classic ADHD

adhd brain prefrontal cortex

Symptoms:

  • Inattentive.
  • Easily distracted.
  • disorganized.
  • Procrastinates.
  • hyperactive.
  • full of energy, on-the-go.
  • restless, cannot sit still, figety.
  • Impatient, has difficulty waiting in turn.
  • Impulsive, lacking awareness of consequences.
  • Lack of self control.

| Prefrontal Cortex

  • Control Center
  • Executive Functions
  • Impulse Control
  • Attention Focus
  • Self-regulating Behavior

SPECT Pattern: Usually low activity in the prefrontal cortex (the front part of the brain) while concentrating.


Natural Treatment:

  • Diet (ADHD people have a different metabolism).
  • cognitive brain and/or biofeedback training.
  • supplement formulations, specially formulated for the ADHD metabolism. This is ADHD food:
    • Attend for the inattention and focus.
    • Extress for the hyperactivity.
    • Memorin for memory/forgetfulness problems.

ADHD Health comments: Creative and enthusiastic people with a different metabolism than the average person, which is why these supplements are so effective. The hyperactivity appears situational when under stimulated. Uncontrolled impulsivity is a problem, but when controlled (should be learned by late adolescence or young adult) is a part of the creative personality.


Type 2: Inattentive ADD - The Daydreamer

Symptoms:

  • Inattentive.
  • Short attention spans to unstimulating tasks or when needing to think cognitively.
  • Easily distracted.
  • Disorganized loses or misplaces things.
  • No sense of time, often late.
  • Procrastinates.
  • Quiet and contemplating, often labelled lazy, unmotivated.
  • Spacey, and daydreaming.

SPECT Pattern: Usually activity in the prefrontal cortex slows down while concentrating and low brain wave (Alpha and Theta waves) activity.


Natural Treatment:

  • Diet (ADD people have a different metabolism compared to average people).
  • Cognitive brain and/or biofeedback training.
  • Supplement formulations specially formulated for the ADD metabolism. This is ADD food:
    • Attend for the inattention and focus.
    • Memorin for memory/forgetfulness problems.

ADHD Health comments: EEG shows a normal brain activity when relaxed, but looks like it slows down, even going to sleep when forced to concentrate. However the person is still thinking. The explanation we have is that a person with attention deficit thinks in a different way than the average person and while the average person starts to generate cognitive thinking processes, the attention deficit person uses intuitive thought processes. Western society, especially in school is organised for cognitive thinkers and not the intuitive thinker. This is covered in the article on creative intuitive thinking. The Alpha and Theta brain wave states are associated with meditation, accelerated learning and creative thinking.


To read about ADD ADHD types three and five continue on Overfocused and Limbic ADD.





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