Changing the name of ADD to ADHD is a mistake in my humble opinion as ADHD highlights the hyperactive component of the disorder (H) and discards half the people who have it, particularly girls, who are not typically hyperactive! Inattentive ADD is the second most common type of ADD. Those suffering with this type are usually quiet, more introverted and appear to daydream a lot. They may be labeled as unmotivated—even slow or lazy. Inattentive ADD is common but is often missed because children with this type tend to have fewer behavioral problems. They don’t draw the negative attention to themselves as do those with Classic ADD.
Notable attributes of Type 2 ADD*
- More predominantly seen in females
- Exhibit Inattentiveness
- Are easily distractible
- Disorganization is common
- More introverted
- Not hyperactive
- Not terribly impulsive
- Often make silly mistakes on homework
- Have poor handwriting
- Exhibit low energy levels
- Trouble focusing
- Poor follow through
- Trouble listening when others talk to them
- Problems with time management
- Tendency to lose things
- Making careless mistakes; poor attention to detail
- Excessive daydreaming
- Complaints of being bored
- Appearing unmotivated or apathetic
- Being tired, sluggish or slow moving
- Appearing “spacey” or preoccupied
Helpful Treatment Tips
Type 2 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.
In order to improve blood flow to the areas of the brain affected with Type 2 ADD, regular exercise is important.
Again, type 2 ADD 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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1. 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.
*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 (pp. 103-104). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.