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Get To Know Type 3 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, May 04, 2017

AdobeStock_Oppositional-Angry-Girl-640.jpegADD - Type 3

Welcome to part three of the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD. In a way Type 3 ADD is opposite of type 1. Imagine someone being so overfocused that they seem to not be paying attention, but rather they are hyperfocused and have issues with shifting attention. Even though the tendency to overfocus is a key attribute of Type 3 ADD, 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 3, also called Overfocused ADD. Those with overfocused ADD tend to have excessive activity in the middle of the brain. Because they have trouble shifting attention it makes them appear as though they cannot pay attention. Those with type 3 often have hard time with change and also often have difficulties with clothing. They may also have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), more commonly seen in children and grandchildren of alcoholics and substance abusers. Tourette’s Syndrome AKA Gilles De La Tourette’s Syndrome is also associated with Type 3. A person with Tourette’s can have tics that are vocal and/or motor in nature (or both). It is estimated that 60% of those with Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) have ADD
 "Overfocused ADD patients have all of the core ADD symptoms plus tremendous trouble shifting attention and a tendency to get stuck or locked into negative thought patterns or behaviors. This type of ADD can have devastating effects on families. It is frequently found in substance abusers and in children and grandchildren of alcoholics." [1]
Dr. Amen differentiates people with this type of ADD from people who have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) by comparing some key attributes. "All three groups have overfocused tendencies (anterior cingulate issues), but people with Type 3 (Overfocused) ADD also have long-standing core ADD symptoms: short attention span, distractibility, spotty organization, poor follow-through, and poor internal supervision. People with OCD have clear obsessive thoughts and/ or compulsive behaviors, such as repetitively checking locks or hand washing. People with OCPD have difficult personality traits— such as emotional rigidity, an “anal” need for sameness, the need to have their way, and compulsive cleanliness— but generally do not have core ADD symptoms. In fact, they usually have the opposite of ADD symptoms: They are overorganized, always on time, never say something impulsively, and must follow through with every task." [2]

 "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." [3] In addition to the core symptoms, those with Type 3 have several other specific symptoms or challenges in dealing with various situations and environmental stimuli.

Notable attributes of Type 3 ADD*

  • Excessive or senseless worrying
  • Oppositional, argumentative
  • Strong tendency to get locked into negative thoughts, having the same thought over and over
  • Tendency toward compulsive behaviors
  • Tendency to hold grudges
  • Trouble shifting attention from subject to subject
  • Difficulties seeing options in situations
  • Tendency to hold onto own opinion and not listen to others
  • Tendency to get locked into a course of action, whether or not it is good for the person
  • Needing to have things done a certain way or you become very upset
  • Others complain that you worry too much
  • Clinical history is always important in ADD cases, but especially type 3’s
  • Often won’t cooperate with teachers and have a lot of difficulty getting along with other students
  • Prozac will often make them worse - more aggressive

Helpful Treatment Tips

Type 3 cases often do well to use supplements that boost the brain's production of dopamine and serotonin. In addition a moderate protein diet with plenty of healthy fats helps stable blood sugar (glucose). Remember, 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 3 ADD, so regular exercise is important. 

Type 3 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. We are located 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 (Kindle Locations 2028-2030). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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 (Kindle Locations 2168-2173). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

3. 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 (Kindle Locations 2015-2026). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 3 ADD

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