Anxious ADD

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.)
  • 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 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.

Calming Support:

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.

New Menu:

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.

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  1. Kuden seeker says:

    I want a scan because i know i gave adhd it drives me crazy. I am using lumocity to help. I take 40mg of vyvanse daily i still find it difficult to deal with and discouraging. I have suffered from this since childhood but i have only been on medicine for four months. I just don’t have that kind of money to get a scan and adhd has ruined my life.

    • Tim cyr says:

      That’s pretty much me just can’t seem to always get the sleep I need , seem I have a bit of a TWB (tennie weenie blatter syndrome)
      When I can get good sleep I tend to do well , I’m also diagnosed , mild autism , schizophrenia , and my wife a councilor for mentally ill people for years says I’m definitely ADHD , …….
      Currently taking 5 mg abilify daily also had a serious stroke some 35 years ago , drove myself into the ground …….Tim

    • Norma says:

      I suggest trying a different medicine. I too, was not diagnosed with adult ADHD until I was 45. I am 62 now, and went on concerta about three weeks, I feel like I have a brand new brain, that not moving at 250 miles an hours. I drink no alcohol beverages, I do not smoke, and I have no caffeine intake.

      I have not had a brain scan because I know I have the right diagnosis.

  2. Aleta Boyette says:

    I was officially diagnosed with ADD two years ago now… and like so many others can’t afford a brain scan. I also had learning disabilities as a child… my issues are with retention… but alot of things make sense about my life now.

  3. Betty says:

    I cannot reach your number from Canada. Do you have a contact for Canadians?

  4. Vivian says:

    I have a boyfriend going on 4 years . and i was at my wits end everytime we go back & fourth with me wondering if he loves me? He days leave me alone alot. Which hurts. Hes always angry nothing seems to msle him happy. Me and hes daughter always are afaird when he gets do very angyy

    • Amy Drummond says:

      Dear Vivian,
      You and your boyfriend sound like you are on the “crazy cycle”! My husband and I have been on that a lot, too! I suggest a book called Love and Respect. It will help you understand the workings of the female and male brains. We are so different from one another!
      Also, if you are scared when your boyfriend is angry, that is very concerning. If he gets violent towards you or your daughter, you should leave! Do you have family or friends to stay with? If he is just angry, try to calm the situation down. Pray, ask God for help.
      The best thing you could do is find a church to go to and to make friends there. Find one with a women’s Bible study that you can go to. Many churches have free babysitting during the Bible studies, so it’s free! Women friends will really help you.
      I’ll be praying for you! Amy

      • Deborah says:

        The fact both of you are afraid indicates to me it would be a good idea for you to reach out to counseling. I had a marriage like that. It can really affect children adversely. Also it generally gets worse. Speak to a professional, your Dr could suggest someone or google for help in your area. Take good care

  5. Soodi says:

    Hi , my son who is 33 years , has Add +anxiety and learning disability. He is on Vyvanse 60 , Abilify 20mg , and Kolnzepom 5mg three times a day .plus he smoke pots.
    He is not doing well he can’t hold any jobs . He claims that 60 mg Vyvanse is not lasting in his system more than 4 hours . He needs to be under some kind of stimulating product like energy drinks for additional help .
    Any recommendations? Life is not easy for either of us . Thanks

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello Soodi, thank you for reaching out and sharing with us. It would be best to call and speak to one of our Care Coordinators at 888-288-9834, or you can submit this form to have someone reach out to you – We specialize in using brain SPECT imaging to determine the most accurate diagnosis and provide treatment options and a customized plan moving forward.

  6. Robert says:

    I’m 53 years old. I was first diagnosed with ADHD at 12.

    Over the years I’ve tried many different kinds of medication and therapy but none seem to work.

    Lately, I’ve been waking up and remembering things long lost. Visions of old times (I can remember being less than 2 standing in a crib…that far back) long since forgotten and I don’t know why. They’re not good or bad recollections, just images.

    As well, without even thinking about it, just about everything makes me angry. I’m always expecting an argument, or I will go out of my way to avoid those type of conversations to begin with.

    Needless to saay its impacting my social life negatively.

    I’m scheduled to go for an evaluation within the nex few months…not really sure what to expect.

    What’s odd, is that every once in a while (currently not on any medication), I’ll have these moments which are hard to describe. It’s not like a cloud lifting, it’s more like waking from a dream. And for 30 seconds to a minute or so EVERYTHING becomes clear. I know what I need to do, how to resolve issues, etc….and then it’s gone. I end up either very depressed (I remember the problems, but the solutions begin to fade), or angry because I KNOW I know what to do, but…it’s just lost to me.

    I just want that clarity ALL the time.

    I hope someday to find it.



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