Which of the Six
Most medical professionals treat ADHD in cookie-cutter fashion,
even though research is clear that there are many variations of
Attention Deficit Disorder and different methods for treating each
type of Attention Deficit Disorder. With many different types of
ADHD that require different treatment
protocols, this "one medication fits all" approach often fails.
Only two of the six
types of ADHD respond well to the traditional
stimulant medication. Furthermore, stimulant medication alone can
worsen symptoms in the four ADHD types that do not respond well to
this first-line treatment.
Knowing your ADHD type is critical in determining what type of
treatment method to use. Treatment tailored to the type of
Attention Deficit Disorder present will lead to quicker and more
dramatic results while ineffective treatment can only lead to
Dr. Daniel Amen, author of "Healing ADHD: The Breakthrough Program
That Allows You to See and Heal the Six Types of ADD", outlines
distinct six types ADHD.
The most common type of Attention Deficit Disorder is "Classic
ADHD." This ADHD type is also the easiest to diagnose. The
ADHD inattentive type, on the other hand, is the second most common but
is the type that most often slips through the cracks. The Temporal
Lobe and Over-Focused types of ADHD are extremely difficult to live
with. These types require extreme amounts of patience and they
require significant treatment.
Below is an outline of each ADHD type and the recommended Attend
line of products for that type. You can click on the link of
each description for a more in-depth account of each types ADHD.
CLASSIC ADHD: This is the "bouncy" type. People with
Classic ADHD fidget, squirm and chatter. They talk often and
loudly. They canít sit still, they are impulsive and they have
more than enough energy to spare. This type gets into plenty of
trouble, not because they are intentionally defiant but because
they simply do not think before acting.
Classic ADHD characteristics:
Treatment Strategies for "Classic ADHD"
type ADHD:"Space cadet" describes this type. These are
generally pleasant people to be around but they would forget their
head if it were not attached to the body. These are the
daydreamers who live under a perpetual brain fog. "Huh?" is a
commonly used word and they will lose something minutes after they
put it down.
Treatment Strategies for the "Inattentive" Types
Over Focused: It is difficult to parent or live with someone
ADHD combined type of Attention Deficit Disorder. The over focused
person can be oppositional, argumentive and inflexible. They can
be obsessive, compulsive and worry excessively. They have a
tendency to get stuck into ruts of negativity. Whatís worse is
that this type is often incredibly persistent and will not give up
until he gets his way.
Over focused characteristics:
Worries excessively, even over unimportant matters
Has difficulty shifting
from one activity to another
Always wants his way
Is rigid and uncompromising
Treatment Strategies for the "Over focused" Types
TEMPORAL LOBE: The "Temporal Lobe" type has ADHD coupled
with anxiety or has components of
bipolar ADHD. This is another difficult type of ADD to parent or
live with. This type is inattentive, irritability, aggressive and
severely impulsive. They have dark thoughts and wild mood swings.
They are defiant, disobedient and break rules for the simple sake
of breaking rules. If aggression and anger outbursts are present,
you likely fall into this category of Attention Deficit.
"Temporal Lobe" Characteristics:
Easily irritated or
Significant mood swings
Prone to fights and acts
Defiant toward authority
Can display anti-social
Learning problems and bad handwriting common with this type.
Treatment Strategies for the "Temporal Lobe" Types
LIMBIC: In addition to having the symptoms of Attention
Deficit Disorder, this type also has depression symptoms like low
energy, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness and negativity.
ADD and depression type may appear apathetic and not much excites this type.
Treatment Strategies for the "Limbic" Types
"RING OF FIRE":
The "Ring of Fire" type of Attention
Deficit Disorder is a melting pot of the other five types. This
type is inattentive, hyperactive and talks constantly but also is,
angry, irritable and prone to mood swings. This type can be
extremely oppositional, obsessive and overly sensitive. Often,
this is considered a blend between
ADHD and ODD.
He may be talking all of the time, and is probably touching
everything in the room. And, this child is nervous or worried, or
anxious. He has trouble shifting attention from one activity to
another, and he frequently "gets stuck" in loops of negative
thoughts. He can be obsessive, and very inflexible.
"Ring of Fire" Characteristics:
Treatment Strategies for the "Ring of Fire" Types
It should be noted that in addition to a
treatment plan, Dr. Amen
recommends a high protein and low carbohydrate diet. The
importance of a balanced and healthful diet cannot be stressed
enough. The Attend line of products work very well but the most
dramatic results are found when dietary changes are also a
component of the treatment plan. Dr. Amen also recommends daily,
intense aerobic activity.