Being diagnosed with ADD is a major event for both teens and their parents. It helps everyone in the family understand the source of many of your young person’s problems. However, this seemingly simple diagnosis actually brings potential for more specific clarity. Few people realize there are actually sub-diagnoses, the 7 types of attention deficit disorder. With the proper mental health programs, we can help you overcome ADD in your life.
What Are The 7 Types of Attention Deficit Disorder
With each of the 7 types of attention deficit disorder, your teen or young adult receives specialized help for their condition.
Classic ADD, or ADHD
Classic ADD, also called ADHD, makes your teen inattentive, distracted, disorganized, and restless. It also brings impulsive and hyperactive behaviour. If your teen has classic ADD, they frustrate you in putting off chores or activities. Treatment for this type of ADD usually includes medication, supplements, diet changes, and exercise.
This form of ADD brings poor attention and easy distraction, but no hyperactivity. Your teen seems low energy, slow moving, sluggish, and unmotivated. Maybe you describe your loved one as a daydreamer, couch potato, or space cadet. Girls more often suffer this type of ADD than boys and experience no major behaviour problems with the condition. Treatment for this type of ADD is similar to classic ADD.
Overfocused ADD causes symptoms similar to classic ADD with problems in changing attention from one task to the next. Your teen with this ADD often suffers negative thoughts for periods of time, possibly with bad behaviour. They argue more than most teens, while also suffering obsession, excess worry, and inflexibility. Behaviour treatment for this type of ADD is medication, supplements, and a low protein diet.
Temporal Lobe ADD
With temporal lobe ADD your teen is irritable, quick to anger, aggressive, and mildly paranoid. They suffer dark thoughts and moods while also possibly having hallucinations, learning problems, and memory problems. For this ADD your teen needs medication, supplements, and a ketogenic diet.
Limbic ADD brings symptoms of classic ADD with non-depressive, chronic sadness. Your teen seems negative, low energy, and hopeless in nature. They also suffer low self-esteem. Medications, supplements, and a diet free of dairy, sugar, wheat, or corn helps your teen when one of those foods is found to cause increased symptoms.
Ring of Fire ADD
More extreme than classic ADD but with the same symptoms, this type also adds easy distraction, anger, irritability, sensitivity to stimuli, and highly verbal behaviour. Teens with this ADD show inflexibility, opposition, and cyclic moods. For this ADD, your teen’s doctor tries medication, an elimination diet for food allergy, and supplements.
True to its name, this ADD causes anxiety, tension, physical stress, and worry. In fact, a teen with this ADD needs calming supplements, medication, and neurofeedback.
Treatment for Teen ADD
When your teen suffers behavioural problems because of ADD, they need a quality mental health treatment program offering therapeutic support and other treatments for their condition. For example, this treatment must include:
- Assessment and intervention
- Individual treatment planning
- Individual counselling
- Academic support and education
You can help your teen live a healthier and more fulfilling life despite having any of the 7 types of attention deficit disorder by providing them with treatment at Venture Academy in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. Learn more about Venture Academy at (855) 281-5813.