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Get To Know Type 6 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Dec 12, 2017


ADD - Type 6

Now about Type 6 attention deficit in the series of articles where I explain some of the details of the seven types of ADD. Type 6 is also called Ring of Fire ADD. The name for this type of ADD comes from underlying aspects of body chemistry imbalance that drives an overall increase in brain activity across the whole cortex. At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition & Michigan Brain Health (my new upcoming name for my mental fitness treatment paradigm) we look at brain maps or qEEG's. The brain maps have a color coding to indicate the degree of brainwave activity. Red and yellow colors indicate higher than normal brain wave activity. When we see light and dark blue we know there is lower that normal brain wave activity.  In Ring of Fire ADD, we typically see an overall pattern of red and yellow in all the 4 brainwaves (delta, theta, alpha and beta). Dr. Amen postulates that, "Ring of Fire ADD may represent a variant of bipolar disorder mixed with ADD."
In Ring of Fire ADD, the core ADD symptoms are present along with the additional hallmark symptoms including; irritability, hyperactivity, excessive talking, overfocus issues, extreme oppositional behavior, and cyclic periods of calm behavior alternating with intense aggressive behavior. [1]  As with all the other ADD types, a we correlate the patient's qEEG findings with their clinical history and brain map (qEEG) results will assist with correct ADD/ADHD classification.

psychostimulant medication May worsen symptoms

Ritalin and other psychostimulant medications frequently make these patients worse, according to Dr. Amen. "They become more worried, more irritable, and more negative. Also, St. John's Wort and medications which increase serotonin, by themselves, often make this type worse." [2]
Notable attributes of Type 6 ADD*
  • Sensitive to noise, light, clothes, or touch
  • Cyclic mood changes (highs and lows)
  • Inflexible, rigid in thinking
  • Demanding to have their way, even when told no multiple times
  • Periods of mean, nasty or insensitive behavior
  • Periods of increased talkativeness
  • Periods of increased impulsivity
  • Unpredictable behavior Grandiose or “larger than life” thinking
  • Talks fast
  • Appears that thoughts go fast
  • Appears anxious or fearful
  • Irritability, especially when things do not go your way
*Amen, Daniel G.. Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD (Kindle Locations 2631-2642). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 


Finding out what foods a person with Type 6 has sensitivies to can be quite helpful. Commonly gluten (in wheat), casein (in dairly products), soy protein and chicken egg protein contribute to source of brain inflammation we see in these cases. Our first treatment is an elimination diet where these proteins and other substance are eliminated to assist with gut healing. The Gut-Brain connection is a vital concept to work with to help people with Ring of Fire ADD.  

With Type 6 cases we work with supplements that boost the brain's production of GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acidWithout enough GABA, neurons fire too easily and too often. GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, meaning that it prevents our neurons from over-firing and being over-stimulated. Non-supplemental ways to increase GABA include intense exercise, meditation and yoga

Supplements that can help improve GABA levels for Type 6 ADD patients include:

  • GABA support
  • L-tyrosine
  • 5HTP
  • Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal 5 phosphate)
  • Magnesium (as magnesium succinate)
  • Zinc (as zinc glycinate)
  • Manganese (as manganese succinate)
  • L-Taurine
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, valerenic acid)
  • Kava (Kavain)
  • Magnolia Bark (Magnolia officinalis, honokiol, magnolol)
  • Skullcap Herbs (Scutellaria baicalensis, Scutellaria lateriflora, Baikal skullcap, and Chinese skullcap)
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa)
  • Jasmine Plants
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Theanine
  • Apigenin (mainly found in chamomile, Matricaria recutita L, and in feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium)
  • Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)

Type 6 Ring of Fire ADD cases typically respond very well to a individualized program of nutritional support and brain-based therapy consisting of neurofeedback (brain wave retraining), heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback , and Interactive Metronome. If we can help in any way, feel free to contact us at The Clear Mind Institue of Southeast Michigan on 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.. Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD (Kindle Locations 2684-2685). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

2. Amen, Daniel G.. Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD (Kindle Locations 2684-2685). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 6 ADD

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