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How to Diagnose and Treat 7 Types of ADD in Miami.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and affects as much as 10% of the population. Once thought to be a disorder than only affects children, it’s now a widely-accepted fact that adults can also suffer from ADHD. However, relatively new findings show that ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. In fact, there are now seven types of ADD categories that have helped to further define this disorder and provide the appropriate treatment for each. To schedule your ADD treatment in Miami schedule an appointment at ADD Clinic in Miami here.

Classic ADD

Classic ADD is how most people think of the disorder. It’s characterized by distractibility, poor impulse control, disorganized thinking, and an inability to concentrate. Those who have Classic ADD are often hyperactive and have decreased brain activity when they must concentrate on tasks.

The cause of Classic ADD is a dopamine deficiency in the brain caused by decreased blood flow to the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum. This type of ADD is normally treated with stimulant medications such as Adderall, Concerta, or Ritalin to encourage the brain to produce more dopamine. Natural treatments like increased exercise, green tea, and adding the amino acid L-tyrosine to the diet can also be helpful. Visit Mango ADD Clinic in Miami to consult with a professional ADD doctor before taking Adderall. 

Anxious ADD

Those with Anxious ADD have all the symptoms of Classic ADD but with the added physical symptoms of headaches and stomachaches as well as anxiety and tension. This is thought to be caused by high activity in the basil ganglia as opposed to low activity that is present in Classic ADD.

Treatments for Anxious ADD revolve around promoting relaxation as well as increasing dopamine and GABA (gamma-aminobutryic acid) levels. Normal ADD stimulants may cause more anxiety in those with this type of ADD, so milder treatments such as L-theanine, magnesium, and holy basil are usually the first treatments tried. If these don’t work, tricyclic antidepressants may be implemented as well as Neurofeedback methods to calm the sufferers’ prefrontal cortex. ADD diagnosis needed before taking medications.

Temporal Lobe ADD

Temporal Lobe ADD has all the symptoms of Classic ADD but those who suffer from it also experience learning and memory problems. They may also have behavioral issues such as aggression and paranoia. Decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex and abnormalities in the temporal lobe are the culprits in this type of ADD and effective treatments include GABA supplements, magnesium, anti-convulsants to help stabilize mood, and gingko biloba to assist with memory problems. At Mango ADD Clinic in Miami, our doctors can help with this type of ADD. Schedule an appointment now.

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Limbic ADD

Chronic, low-level sadness is added into the mix with Classic ADD symptoms in Limbic ADD. Though not categorized as depression, those with Limbic ADD often have low energy, feelings of excessive guilt, and low self-esteem. This type of ADD is caused by too much activity in the limbic part of the brain and decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex. It’s typically treated with supplements such as L-tryosine, SAMe, or, if those fail, anti-depressants like Wellbutrin.

Inattentive ADD

The Inattentive ADD type is similar to the Classic ADD type and those who suffer from it have short attention spans, are easily distracted, commonly procrastinate, and may be disorganized. Unlike Classic ADD, there is no hyperactivity or impulsiveness involved and it affects females and males equally. A dopamine deficiency and low prefrontal cortex activity are the causes and the disorder can be treated with stimulants such as Adderall or Concerta, with amino acids, or by increased exercise and a low-carbohydrate diet.

Over-Focused ADD

Those with Over-Focused ADD have the Classic ADD symptoms in addition to getting stuck in negative thought patterns or behaviors and difficulty shifting attention or tasks. Seratonin and dopamine deficiencies are behind this type, as well as over-activity in the anterior cingulate gyrus. Treatments for Over-Focused ADD range from supplements such as 5-HTP and L-tryptophan, the natural nutrient inositol, or, if symptoms persist, anti-depressants that can include Cymbalta, and Effexor.

Ring of Fire ADD

Also known as ADD plus, Ring of Fire ADD can cause sufferers to act out with mean or unpredictable behavior. Those with this type of ADD can also display fearfulness or anxiety and be sensitive to noise, touch, or light. It’s caused by a ring of hyperactivity around the brain (hence the name) and is normally treated with an elimination diet to treat possible food allergies. If medications are needed, they usually fall into the supplement category or, if needed, anticonvulsants or blood pressure drugs that can calm hyperactivity.

It’s important to note that not all cases of ADD are alike. By knowing what type you suffer from you can get the help you need from a professional. To schedule an appointment with an ADD doctor who can diagnose and treat your ADD, please call our Miami office at (305) 776-2898 or click to schedule your appointment here.ADHD Treatment Clinic in Miami


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How Does Sugar Impact ADHD?

Do you know the impact of sugar on your ADHD? Reports from a Yale University study show increased inattention in ADD patients who consumed high-sugar diets. The University of South Carolina conducted another research. It has also shown that hyperactive children who consume large amounts of sugar tend to be more restless and destructive. However, other studies found no correlation between high sugar intake and increased hyperactivity in ADD patients. The truth is that sugar affects the functioning of the brain and since ADD is a neurological condition, sugar does have some effect on ADD symptoms.

How Your Body Processes Sugar

Sugar comes in many forms including sucrose, corn sweetener, dehydrated cane juice, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, maltodextrin, malt syrup, sorghum syrup, maltose, rice syrup, saccharose, molasses, and sorghum. When you consume carbohydrates, the body converts them into glucose (a kind of sugar), which the muscles and organs (including the brain) use as an energy source. The neurons within the brain are unable to store glucose, and as such, they require a constant and steady supply. If the neurons within the brain receive a larger than normal supply of glucose, the body tends to become hyperactivity and experience sugar crashes. It should be noted, however, that there is “good” and “bad” sugar.

“Good” and “Bad” Sugar

“Good” sugar is obtained from the breaking down of complex carbohydrates and fruits. Complex carbohydrate takes longer to be processed and digested, and as such, they release energy (in the form of glucose) to the body over an extended period. Fruits release glucose at a steady rate due to the presence of fiber. On the other hand, “bad” sugar refers to the refined sugar present in soda, candy, and cookies. The effects of refined sugar are almost instantaneous. The brain becomes flooded with glucose, resulting in the release of serotonin which makes you feel happy. The spike in the level of blood sugar causes the pancreas to produce large quantities of insulin, in a bid to absorb the sugar. Once this happens, you will begin to “crash,” causing feelings of tiredness and loss of focus.

Effects of Excessive Sugar Intake

Consuming large amounts of sugar over time leads to memory loss, issues with processing information, anxiety, and depression. All of these are symptoms adults with ADHD and ADD tend to exhibit. Aside from obesity and diabetes, adults with ADHD are susceptible to hyperactivity, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, alcoholism, drug addictions, etc., all of which are exacerbated by the intake of large amounts of sugar.

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Effects of Excessive Sugar Intake

Does Sugar Worsen the Symptoms of ADHD?

There are no studies showing that sugar causes ADHD or ADD. Nevertheless, too much of it could result in behavioral tendencies that mimic its symptoms. It is obvious that sugar does worsen the symptoms in patients with the disorder. Therefore, it is a good idea to watch your sugar intake, especially refined sugar. Eating a healthy, balanced diet ensures a stable, steady supply of blood sugar for your body all through the day. This will lead to increased mental focus, balanced moods and improved attention.

Some ADD patients believe that mega doses of minerals and vitamins can help alleviate the symptoms. There is little evidence that nutritional supplements can help manage ADD. In some cases, such supplements interact with and affect the functioning of ADD medications such as Adderall.

It is always best to talk with a professional about the symptoms of ADD. Discover what the best type of diet for ADD patients is. Some foods and supplements may worsen the symptoms. The good news is that ADHD/ADD is a manageable condition and with the right professional help, you can live a remarkably productive life. If you would like to meet with a qualified physician to discuss your ADHD/ADD, please schedule an appointment by calling Mango Clinic in Miami at +1 (305) 776-2898.


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