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Getting to Know the ADD Types – Type 3: Over-Focused ADD

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

Here are the signs and symptoms of ADD Type 3 (also known as Over-Focused ADD):

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)

ADD Type 3 Symptoms

In addition to the core symptoms, the unique characteristics of Type 3/Over-Focused ADD include:

  • Impulsive
  • Excessive worrying
  • Inattentive
  • Struggle to see options
  • Tendency to hold grudges
  • Obsessive and inflexible
  • Hold onto their own opinion without listening to others
  • May or may not be hyperactive

ADD Quick Facts

  • Over-Focused ADD is the third most common type of ADD.
  • Those with Type 3 ADD can have difficulty shifting their attention. They become hyper-focused on one thing while tuning out everything else.
  • People with Over-Focused ADD tend to get “stuck” in negative thought patterns and behaviors.
  • Over-Focused individuals can be argumentative, oppositional and can have outbursts when things don’t go a certain way.
  • People with Over-Focused ADD have troubles with cognitive processing; they aren’t inattentive, but over-attentive.
  • Over-Focused ADD has been mistaken for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Impulsivity is a pivotal difference between the two. People with OCD typically aren’t impulsive, whereas those with Over-Focused ADD tend to make more impulsive decisions.
  • Type 3 ADD is often found in substance abusers as well as in the children and grandchildren of alcoholics.

Implementing these six tips will help you manage the symptoms of ADD Type 3:

Boost Your Levels:

One way to treat Over-Focused ADD is to increase the dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. The best way to boost both is with exercise. Exercise can help to distract from obsessive thoughts, provide relaxation for open-mindedness, and boost blood flow to the brain.

Diet and Supplements:

An optimal diet for individuals with Over-Focused ADD will include the proper amount of high-quality proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs. Supplements such as ginseng, tyrosine and green tea help to support focus.

Ensure Quality Sleep:

It’s recommended that individuals with Type 3 ADD get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Getting appropriate levels of sunlight during the day can also increase your body’s production of serotonin, and supporting healthy habits such as limiting playing video games. In the evening, serotonin converts into melatonin, which aids in getting a good night’s sleep.

3-Thought Cutoff:

If you frequently experience obsessive or negative thoughts, establish a 3-Thought Cutoff. Once a negative thought has repeated in your mind three times, get up and do a different activity. Focusing on something else will allow you to push negative thoughts to the back of your mind.

Review Goals Daily:

One effective way to reduce Type 3 symptoms is to start writing down your goals. Review these goals each day, evaluate your decisions and adjust your behavior so that you’re working toward your goals, instead of against them.

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.

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  1. Dodie says:

    I learned about ADD Overfocused in the early/mid 80s. Who was the man who coined this phrase or diagnosis. No-one else at that time talked of this type ADD.

  2. Tom Minkler says:

    I hadn’t heard about this until the late 1990s, even though i had been trying to find out what was wrong with me, and none of the regular ADD sites got it. Dr. Amen was the first info i found at a local bookstore.

  3. Son laer says:

    What medicine is normally used to treat overfocused ADD?

    • sally s. thompson says:

      I just had a Qeeg. The results showed my brain resembles a dog that won’t let go of a bone, for instance! I saw Dr. Jorandby in Reston in 2016. She found that my scan with you showed a brain injury I had totally forgotten. I’m about to change my meds based on the Qeeg. If anyone there wants to study me further from a distance, I would be glad to send at least the summary of the results of the Qeeg. I can’t afford to come down there anymore, but if I could help others or get advice myself, let me know.

      Sally S. Thompson

  4. Shelly says:

    Recent research is mentioning that PCOS is also a brain disorder. The list of symptoms is a mile long, weight gain is one of the most common and least diagnosed. Women would love to hear your take on this.

  5. Donna M Munhall says:

    I know someone like that

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