Getting to Know the ADD Types – Type 1: Classic ADD
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 1 (also known as Classic ADD and ADHD):
Core ADD 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.)
• Organization problems (like having a messy room, always running late, etc.)
• Problems with follow-through
• Poor impulse control (saying or doing something before thinking it through)
ADD Type 1 Symptoms
In addition to the core symptoms, the unique characteristics of Type 1/Classic ADD include:
• Has trouble listening when others are speaking; frequently interrupts
• Makes careless mistakes/poor attention to detail
• Has difficulty waiting their turn
• Acts as though they’re driven by a motor
• Talks excessively
ADD Quick Facts
• Classic ADD is the most common diagnosis of the seven types and is the easiest to recognize.
• As babies, they tend to be colicky, active and wiggly. As children, they tend to be noisy, impulsive and demanding. Their hyperactivity, constant need for excitement, and conflict-seeking behavior typically make them the center of attention.
• In adolescence and adulthood, people who suffer from Classic ADD typically have difficulties handling stress and maintaining relationships.
• Parents of these kids are often tired, overwhelmed and even embarrassed by the behavior of their non-stop, hard-to-control children.
• This pattern tends to be seen more frequently in boys.
• As a group, Classic ADD individuals have low self-esteem.
• The standard treatment for Classic ADD in both children and adults is stimulant medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall. Sometimes negative reactions to these medications can be extreme, such as hallucinations, violent outbursts, psychosis and suicidal behavior.
Implementing these six tips will help you manage the symptoms of ADD Type 1:
Due to hyperactivity and impulsivity, those with Classic ADD frequently fall short when attempting to complete concentration tasks. To help improve concentration, frequent movement is essential. The more that exercise is incorporated into mundane activities, the easier it will be to concentrate.
Make it Fun:
For children who have trouble concentrating during educational activities, a busy activity right beforehand, such as cardio, can help improve concentration. Additionally, children with Type 1 are more focused when educational or clean-up tasks are presented as a race, obstacle course, or other fun game.
Be a Stand-up Employee:
If you have a desk job, stand up and move around at least once an hour. Creating an organized and creative work environment will also help you focus and maximize productivity.
Get Good Sleep:
For optimal functioning and focus, get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. To restore proper balance to your sleep cycle, avoid common sleep stealers like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, daytime naps, and using technology right before bed.
Create a Support Structure:
Maintaining relationships with friends and family who support you and understand your personality can be beneficial in helping you cope with Type 1 flare-ups.
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.