Information provided by Daniel Amen, M.D. www.brainplace.com
Dr. Daniel Amen's Seven Types of ADHD & combinations.
Hyperactive - Restless - Easily Distracted - Impulsive
“When most people think about ADD, they think about Type 1: Classic ADHD. Hyperactive, restless, impulsive, disorganized, distractible, and trouble concentrating are Type 1’s hallmark symptoms. This type of ADD is usually evident early in life. As babies, Type 1 sufferers tend to be colicky, very active, and they are hard to soothe and hold (they wiggle a lot). They have less eye contact than other children their age and parents have a more difficult time bonding with these children. It is hard to bond with a child who is in constant motion, who struggles to get away when you try to hold her. The hyperactivity and conflict-driven behavior usually gets everyone’s attention early. The children are restless, in constant motion, noisy, talkative, and demanding. They also seem to need constant excitement or to see someone get upset. In addition, many of the inattentive symptoms are present as well. These ADD children are usually the first ones to be diagnosed, because they bring a lot of negative attention to themselves. These children are hard to be around, especially for people who are sensitive to noise. Parents of hyperactive children frequently feel tired, embarrassed, angry, and over-whelmed. As a group, Type 1 ADD individuals have low self-esteem. Due to the hyperactivity, conflict-driven behavior, and impulsivity these children, teens, and adults are in trouble wit someone nearly every day of their lives. The brain SPECT findings in Type 1 show normal brain activity at rest and decreased activity, especially in the prefrontal cortex (pfc), during a concentration task,” Daniel G. Amen, M.D. pp. 77-78, Healing ADD, 2001.
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Short Attention - Chronic Boredom - Decreased Motivation
Type 3 Overfocused ADHD:
Trouble Shifting Attention - Stubborn - Gets Stuck
Obsessive ( can not let go of a thought) - Argumentative
Type 4 Temporal Lobe ADHD:
Mood Instability - Aggressive - Mild Paranoia
Type 5 Limbic ADHD
Depression - Negativity - Social Isolation - Irritability
Type 6 Ring of Fire ADHD
Severely Oppositional - Temper Problems
Overly Sensitive - Mood Swings from Hyper to Depressed
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Type 7 Anxiety ADHD
Tension - Predict Worse
Freeze in Testing - Disorganized - Inattention
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