Getting to Know the ADD Types – Type 4: Temporal Lobe ADD

temporal lobe ADD type 4

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 4 (also known as Temporal Lobe ADD):

Core Symptoms of ADD

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)

ADD Type 4 Symptoms

In addition to the core symptoms, the unique characteristics of Type 4/Temporal Lobe ADD include:

ADD Quick Facts

  • People with Temporal Lobe ADD have memory challenges and behavioral problems, such as sudden bursts of anger and mild paranoia.
  • Type 4 ADD has been correlated with previous head injuries (TBI) and toxic or infectious exposure.
  • A person with Temporal Lobe ADD can experience periods of mood instability and often misinterpret comments in a conversation.
  • During aggressive periods, Type 4 individuals may be defiant towards parents or authority figures.
  • People with Temporal Lobe ADD may have difficulties controlling negative thoughts.
  • Some people with Type 4 ADD experience déjà vu, see shadows or objects changing shape, and may hear sounds that nobody else hears.

Implementing these six tips will help you manage the symptoms of ADD Type 4:

Natural Remedies:

Individuals with Temporal Lobe ADD should consider natural remedies, such as making changes to diet and lifestyle, to help control their symptoms. When it comes to diet, those with Temporal Lobe ADD should eat more protein, healthy fats, and fewer carbohydrates.

Brain Healthy Supplements:

For Type 4 ADD, supplements that promote calmness, like GABA, theanine, and magnesium, are ideal. Stimulating supplements such as green tea can also increase focus.

Aerobic Exercise:

Aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the brain and releases endorphins which improve overall well-being. Those with Temporal Lobe ADD should get 30-45 minutes of intense aerobic activity each day.

Action Plan:

Individuals with Type 4 ADD should have an action plan in place to deal with aggressive tendencies. The first step involves tracking mood shifts and identifying triggers. Next, try the 5x3x8 breathing technique. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold it for 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds. Repeat this process 8 times. This will help to reduce irritability and increase a sense of control over the situation.

Behavioral Programs:

Behavioral programs are available for children suffering from Temporal Lobe ADD. These programs provide an opportunity for children with Temporal Lobe ADD to meet each other, learn coping mechanisms, and work towards improving behavior. These groups are also an excellent way for parents to meet each other and find support.

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.

Want more information? Download Amen Clinics’ free Getting to Know the 7 ADD Types eBook.

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.


  1. I have a 14 yr old that was diagnosed with Aspergers and ADD when he was 6 . I feel like he may have type 4 . I live in Amherst VA. Do you have a clinci or Dr. That you recommend in my area for a proper diagnosis?

    Comment by Karen Lynch — January 30, 2019 @ 6:06 PM

  2. Have a few symptoms, a main one being when someone speaks I get sleepy. I have to reread words in a book many times to comprehend it…. How can you help me??

    Comment by Aleka N — October 24, 2023 @ 11:29 PM

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