Getting to Know the ADD Types – Type 7: Anxious 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 7 (also known as Anxious 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.)
- 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 7 Symptoms
In addition to the core symptoms, the unique characteristics of Type 7/Anxious ADD include:
- Frequently anxious or nervous
- Tense and stressed out
- Predicts the worst
- Conflict avoidant
- Fear of being judged
- Tendency to clam up in social situations
- Physical stress symptoms such as headaches
- Dislikes or gets excessively nervous speaking in public
ADD Quick Facts
- Anxious ADD, the newest type of ADD, has become more prevalent in recent years.
- Unlike the other types of ADD, people with Anxious ADD typically don’t seek excitement and conflict.
- It’s common for those with Type 7 ADD to avoid situations that cause anxiety.
- People who have Anxious ADD often latch onto the worst possible outcome and fixate on it.
- Anxiety disorders tend to fluctuate over time, while Anxious ADD symptoms are constant.
- Those with Type 7 ADD frequently freeze in situations that trigger anxiety, such as taking a test or giving a big presentation.
- Taking ADD medications alone can make individuals with Type 7 ADD even more anxious.
Implementing these six tips will help you manage the symptoms of ADD Type 7:
Learn To Relax:
The main treatment goal of Anxious ADD is to promote relaxation. There are a variety of relaxation methods, including: meditating, diaphragmatic breathing and listening to brain-enhancing music. Find a technique that works for you and use it whenever you become stressed.
Supplements such as L-theanine, relora, magnesium, and holy basil can be used for calming. Multivitamin, mineral supplements, and omega-3 fatty acids can also improve focus and mental energy.
Diet is another aspect that helps to control anxious symptoms of this type of ADD. Individuals with Anxious ADD should eat a lower carb, higher protein diet. Cutting out artificial sweeteners and MSG can also support healthy dopamine and GABA levels.
Laugh It Off:
Laughing releases stress reducing endorphins into your bloodstream. Laughter truly is the best medicine and can work wonders in relieving anxiety.
Talk It Out:
This is an absolute must. Let friends and family know when you’re emotionally overwhelmed. Seek professional help if necessary, but don’t fight your battles alone.
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 tell us more to schedule a visit.