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Get To Know Type 2 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

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This is the second part of the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD. Type 2 ADD is quite a bit different than type 1.  Remember the best way to determine the type of ADHD is by using patient history and brain mapping (QEEG) and the ADD/ADHD classifications can be more accurately determined.
Type 2, also called Inattentive ADD. This type is described as daydreamers, space cadets, or couch potatoes. Their brain map reveals a high theta overall. Many of these cases never get diagnosed or treated and clinicians often tend to tire of treating many of these kids and adults. They are seen as couch potatoes. In class they often daydream and are lost in themselves. They have trouble finding interests and motivation. This type of ADD is more commonly seen in females.
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.
"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." [1] In addition to the core symptoms, those with Type 2 have several other specific symptoms or challenges in dealing with various situations and environmental stimuli.

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
  • Forgetfulness
  • 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 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. 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. 

Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 2 ADD

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