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Get To Know Type 7 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Thu, Dec 28, 2017


ADD - Type 7

Here we are at tht end of the series of articles on the seven types of  attention deficit. Type 7 is also called Anxious ADD. The name for this type of ADD comes from the combination of ADD symptoms and anxiety symptoms. When these two come together, the ADD symptom become magnified. At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition & Michigan Brain Health (website that details 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 as well as the assymetry of brainwaves. 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 Anxious ADD, it is common to see red and/or yellow in the alpha brainwaves (and sometime in beta) on the magnitude portion of the brain map clinician report. Typically the beta waves are predominant on the right side of the brain with anxiety as well on the assymety portion of the clinician report.
In Anxious ADD, it is very common to see the core ADD symptoms plus fear of being judged, predicting the worst, being conflict avoidant, and having physical stress symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches. In addition, people with this type tend to freeze in anxiety-provoking situations, especially where they may be judged, such as in test taking. [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.

Basal Ganglia typically overactive

The basal gangle are deep structures in the brain that as one of their functions produce the neurotransmitter dopamine and are the main structure in your brain that controls all sorts of bodily movements as well as play a role in the reward-motivated behavior. In most types of ADD, the basal ganglia are underacitve, but in this type they tend to be overactive. "Dopamine is known to be released when unpleasant or aversive stimuli are encountered, suggesting that it is not only associated with 'rewards' or pleasure. Also, the firing of dopamine neurons occur when a pleasurable activity is expected, regardless of whether it actually happens or not. This suggests that dopamine may be involved in desire rather than pleasure." [2] According to Dr. Amen. "In Classic ADD, people tend to be excitement- or conflict-seeking. They tend to have low levels of anxiety that get them into hot water, because they do not think through the consequences of their actions. In Anxious ADD, these people tend to avoid conflict like the plaque and struggle to feel secure." [3]
Notable attributes of Type 7 ADD*
  • Frequently anxious or nervous
  • Physical stress symptoms, such as headaches
  • Tends to freeze in social situations
  • Dislikes or gets excessively nervous speaking in public
  • Predicts the worst
  • Conflict avoidant
  • Fear of being judged
*Amen, Daniel G.. Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD (Kindle Locations 2786-2792). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


For those with Type 7 ADD, it is important to partake in relaxing straties, such as heart rate variability biofeedback,  physical exercise and certain supplements such as the relaxing mineral, magnesium and a calming substance from green tea, known as L-thenine. Theses supplements and strategies promote both relaxation and focus. "It has been estimated that nearly 65 percent of the adult population experiences some form of stress, and these numbers are continually rising. Since ancient times, it has been said that drinking green tea induces relaxation. A pioneer in the science of green tea, Taiyo found this relaxation effect to be due to the presence of the amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in tea. Suntheanine is my preferred brand of L-theanine and has been shown to be safe based on numerous favorable toxicology and efficacy studies. Unlike other stress reducing supplements, Suntheanine does not cause drowsiness. Suntheanine has been consumed in beverages, foods and supplements since 1994 with no indication of adverse reactions or contraindications. Suntheanine was awarded the “Food Ingredient Research Award” at the 1998 Food Ingredients Europe and “Best New Product of 2000” at Nutracon. Suntheanine is protected by over 40 U.S. and international patents for its various physiological efficacies and L-isomer specific production processes." [4]

Supplements that can help improve relaxaion and focu for Type 7 ADD patients include:

  • L-Theanine (I prefer the highly researched brand, Sun-Theanine)
  • Magnesium
  • Min-Tran®
  • Holy Basil
  • Magnolia Officinalis
  • Ashwagandha
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Valeriana Officinalis
  • Passionflower
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Gotu Kola

Type 7 Anxious 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 Michigan Brain Health 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 2796-2797). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

2. https://www.psychologistworld.com/biological/neurotransmitters/dopamine

3. Amen, Daniel G.. Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD (Kindle Locations 2799-2801). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

4. http://www.suntheanine.com/what-is-suntheanine/

Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 7 ADD, Anxious ADD

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