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Get To Know Type 1 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Fri, Apr 21, 2017

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Daniel Amen, MD[1] describes 7 types/subtypes of the ADD/ADHD spectrum. 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 a large portion of healthcare providers accept the concept of multiple forms of ADD. By using patient history and brain mapping (QEEG), the ADD/ADHD classifications can be ascertained.
Type 1 ADD is cosidered Classic ADD and is also called ADHD.  We often find the child or adult has touble concentrating, hyperactivity, restlessness, impulsiveness, disorganization, and distractibility characterize this type of ADD. In neurofeedback circles, type 1 is also known as classic ADD. 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.  Type 1 shows up mostly in boys at a 3:1 - 4:1 ratio over girls.
Those afflicted with Type 1 ADD seem to need some type of constant 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.
"There is a group of core symptoms common to those who have ADD. These include short attention span for routine, everyday tasks, distractibility, organizational problems (for spaces and time), difficulty with follow-through, and poor internal supervision or judgment. These symptoms exist over a prolonged period of time and are present from an early age, although they may not be evident until a child is pushed to concentrate or to organize his or her life." [2] In addition to the core symptoms, those with Type 1 have several other specific symptoms or challenges in dealing with various situations and environmental stimuli.

Notable attributes of Type 1 ADD* 

  • Overly active in the womb
  • Colicky and fussy eaters
  • Sensitive to noise and touch (frontal lobe gates the deeper limbic lobes - “crocodile brain”
  • Often have Sleeping difficulties
  • Difficulty finishing tasks
  • Poor attention to detail
  • Difficulty with peers
  • Trouble listening whtn others are talking
  • “For some adolescents joining a gang, burgling a house, or beating someone up is a way of getting an arousal jag.” (helps bring up Beta)
  • Seem to need conflict in their life/get the attention any way they can.
  • Difficulty following through (procrastination) on tasks or instructions
  • Difficulty keeping an organized area (room, desk, book bag, filing cabinet, locker, etc.)
  • Having trouble with time, for example, frequently late or hurried, tasks take longer than expected, projects or homework are last-minute or turned in late
  • Having a tendency to lose things
  • Being restless or hyperactive
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Being fidgety, in constant motion (hands, feet, body)
  • Being noisy, having a hard time being quiet
  • Acting as if “driven by a motor”
  • Talking excessively
  • Being impulsive (doesn’t think through comments or actions before they are said or done)
  • Having difficulty waiting his or her turn Interrupting or intruding on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).
  • Often restless and demanding with their parents.
  • Often bring a lot of negative attention to themselves and tend to be the first ones diagnosed with ADD.
  • Difficult for the parents to bond with.
  • The hyperactivity component and conflict-driven behavior tend to get attention very early on.
  • Often in motion, demanding, talkative and noisy (restaurants, airplanes especially).
  • Many take delight in seeing people become upset by their behavior.
  • As a whole, Type 1’s tend to have low self-esteem.
  • They tend to be the first ones diagnosed because of their extreme behavior
  • Due to conflict seeking behavior, impulsivity and hyperactivity as children and adults type 1’s almost always in trouble with someone (teacher, spouse, boss)
  • There is a fine line of distinction with extreme type 1 and Asperger’s[3]

Helpful Treatment Tips

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. A high carbohydrate diet tends to cause more ups and downs in blood sugar and corresponding energy levels. A high carbohydrate diet also tends to create a state of chronic inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the leading theory not only for cancer and heart disease, but also brain dysfunction

These cases typically respond very well to a individualized program consisting of neurofeedback (brain wave retraining), brain strengthening exercises such as Interactive Metronome, and nutritional help. If we can help in any way, feel free to contact us at The Clear Mind Institue of Southeast Michigan at our ADHD hotline 586-930-5148 or email us at info@clearmindsemichigan.com. We are located inside the Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition clinic on the west side of Van Dyke Avenue in Shelby Township, Michigan, across from the Shelby Township Library.

Learn More About How To Recover From ADD/ADHD

Remember, brain maps help find the cause of ADHD. Neurofeedback can often correct the problem.

Schedule a Brain Map (qEEG)Always remember one of my mantras., "The more you know about how your body works, the better you can take care of yourself."

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look at the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets. If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical management. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!




1. Daniel Gregory Amen is an American psychiatrist, a brain disorder specialist, director of the Amen Clinics, and a New York Times bestselling author.

2. Amen, Daniel G. (2013-12-03). Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD (p. 21). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

3. Asperger syndrome (Asperger’s) is often considered a high functioning form of autism. It can lead to difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and clumsiness.

*Amen, Daniel G. (2013-12-03). Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD (p. 103). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 1 ADD

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