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Getting to Know the ADD Types – Type 6: Ring of Fire ADD

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Do you have ADD or ADHD? If so, do you know which of the 7 types you have? There is a way to know for sure.

Here are the signs and symptoms of ADD Type 6 (also known as Ring of Fire ADD):

Core Symptoms

Though each of the ADD subtypes has its own set of symptoms, they all share the same core symptoms.

  • A short attention span for regular, routine, everyday tasks (homework, chores, etc.)
  • Distractibility
  • Organization problems (like having a messy room, always running late, etc.)
  • Procrastination
  • Forgetfulness
  • Problems with follow-through
  • Poor impulse control (saying or doing something before thinking it through)

Type 6 Symptoms

In addition to the core symptoms, the unique characteristics of Type 6/Ring of Fire ADD include:

  • Irritability
  • Impulsivity
  • Sensitive to noise, light, clothes or touch
  • Periods of mean, nasty or insensitive behavior
  • Grandiose or inflexible thinking
  • Talks fast
  • Racing thoughts
  • Appears anxious or fearful
  • May or may not be hyperactive

Quick Facts

  • Ring of Fire ADD has an overall hyperactive brain activity, which is a stark contrast to the other 7 types of ADD. When seen on a SPECT scan, there is a ring of hyperactivity around the brain, hence the term “Ring of Fire.”
  • Possibly correlated with allergies or inflammation, Ring of Fire ADD has many symptoms, including distractibility, oppositional behavior, worrying and obsessiveness, hypersensitivity to the environment, and mood instability.
  • Because of its status as the most intense of the 7 types of ADD, Ring of Fire ADD can sometimes be referred to as “ADD Plus.”
  • Those with Type 6 ADD tend to have difficulty “turning off” their brains and typically feel overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions.
  • People with Ring of Fire ADD often see, think, feel, and sense too much—anxiety can be especially heightened.
  • Type 6 ADD is made worse with stimulant and serotonergic (serotonin-enhancing) medications alone.
  • People can have both Ring of Fire ADD and bipolar disorder, and some studies suggest that as many as half of the people with bipolar disorder also meet the criteria for ADD.

Implementing these six tips will help you manage the symptoms of ADD Type 6:

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Ring of Fire ADD as seen on SPECT brain scan

Elimination Diet: One of the treatment options for Ring of Fire ADD is to start an elimination diet. Through the process of elimination, this short-term eating plan can help to identify certain foods that are causing allergies and other digestive reactions.

Decrease Hyperactivity with Physical Activity: Exercise accelerates blood flow to all parts of the body, including the brain. Physical activity also increases the availability of serotonin in the brain, which tends to calm hyperactivity. It’s recommended that those with Type 6 ADD get 30 to 45 minutes of exercise daily.

Train Your Second Brain: Since the gut is often referred to as the second brain, reducing inflammation and restoring balance in the GI tract can not only help to regulate mood, but also lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and autoimmune issues. Mood-boosting foods include berries, beans, fish, leafy greens, dark chocolate and whole fruits.

Only as Needed: Although natural interventions are recommended for treating Type 6 ADD, medications may be necessary in certain cases. Anticonvulsants and blood pressure drugs tend to calm overall hyperactivity.

Become an ANT Killer: ANTs are the Automatic Negative Thoughts that pop into your head, causing you to get upset or depressed. Once you identify an ANT, jot it down, identify it and then kill it by writing a more realistic version of the same thought.

Get a Customized Solution: Like many other mental health conditions, ADD is not just a single and simple disorder; therefore, treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each of the seven types of ADD requires a different treatment plan. What works for one person with ADD may not work for another—or could even make the symptoms worse!

ADD is a neurobiological disorder with serious psychological and social consequences. Amen Clinics is here to help you understand your brain and provide treatment options that address more than just symptoms.

Healing ADD starts with knowing if you have it and then finding out which type you have. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people with ADD from all over the world. If you suspect that you or a loved one might have ADD, don’t wait to get help. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or visit us online to schedule a visit.

9 thoughts on “Getting to Know the ADD Types – Type 6: Ring of Fire ADD”

  1. Farang Farang says:

    Ring of Fire doesn’t have the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 yet in the symptoms list it it says inattentive. I would fit this description to the T if it weren’t for the inattentive bullet point. How can someone with hypersensitivity and an overactive brain be inattentive. I notice EVERYTHING around me.

    1. Jay says:

      Because you notice everything, you appear inattentive to the person interacting with you.

      1. Linda says:

        Thanks for this question & response re “inattentive” symptom. I have not understood until this simple explanation was offered…I get it now!

    2. revmahuike says:

      same with me, age 70..i cant stand the way people do things if i find them ‘the wrong way’ or my way..it drive me crazy when i buy meds, the the lady takes a box of 100, and counts out 80 ( which is my RX.) i keep insisting that she simply open a full box and take out 20…it saves time…everyone is waiting their turn…so i keep telling her to do it my way…she does not listen to me, so i EXPLODE in foul language and arm waving…and its not that i am ATTENTION DEFF…its that i am HYPER ATTENTION…HYPER FOCUS…and find it useful in working with COMPUTER STOCK TICKER TAPES..nothing gets past me no matter how fast they go…and i often win, but alas…also TOO HYPER and ACT TOO QUICKLY…i cant stand people being around me as i find them to be DISTRACTIONS….but i have found a lot of success working ALONE…fast and furious…more so than others.

  2. Nora Miriam Hill (Lindelof) says:

    I was a past patient of Dr. Amen, MD through Dr. Thomas Stiles, MD (Endocrinologist-10 Professional Way, St. Helena, CA) I was blessed to have Dr. Amen do a spect scan and report on me.

    My house was burlarized and all my data including copies of my scans are missing. How can I get another copy of my medical records?

    1. Dr J says:

      You have the right to request your records from any doctor. You just have to fill out a release. Call them and as them what you need to do.

  3. Charlene says:

    I recently met a young woman (35) at our church that appears to be this type 6. She talks really fast, constantly interjects her ideas and clearly thinks she knows better ways to do things. She is very bright and is passionate about health education and going to school to get massage certification. She has moved in with a friend of mine and has already rearranged my friends cupboards and constantly advising her the way she should do things. Could she have an an attachment disorder rather than ADD or both? She says she is anemic.

  4. Kim says:

    My life changed drastically due to a car accident. I was then diagnosed with multiple issues and have struggled terribly since. When will your services begin to become more affordable for people like me who cannot afford to cover the cost of out of pocket (loans are not an options) and desperately need your services?

  5. Petra Katrine Taylor says:

    Not everyone with Type 6 ADD will have every symptom, Farang. If you substitute ‘inattentive’ with ‘easily distracted’, it will likely better describe your symptoms.

    I am a Lymbic ADD (Type 4). I prefer to call my issue with distractibility as having ‘squirrel!’ disorder. If you walk a dog in your local park, you’ll see what I mean. Whenever the dog sees any movement, it tends to head towards the disturbance. That’s how I react to environmental distractions.

    You fall under this description if you not only notice everything but also are easily taken off-task by these things. 🙂

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