type 5 ADD

Getting to Know the ADD Types – Type 5: Limbic 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 5 (also known as Limbic 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)

Type 5 Symptoms

In addition to the core symptoms, the unique characteristics of Type 5/Limbic ADD include:

  • Moodiness
  • Frequent irritability
  • Tendency for social isolation
  • Frequent feelings of helplessness and worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in things
  • Sleep changes (too much or too little)
  • Chronic low-grade sadness or negativity (“glass half empty” syndrome)
  • May or may not be hyperactive

Quick Facts

  • The limbic system can affect motivation, drive, and the bonding mechanism that enables a person to connect emotionally with others.
  • Main symptoms of Limbic ADD include low self-esteem, chronic mood problems, decreased interest in activities previously considered fun, feelings of hopelessness, and being easily distracted.
  • Limbic ADD is frequently misdiagnosed as depression. However, when individuals with Limbic ADD are given antidepressants it can increase their moodiness and negative symptoms.
  • High-stress levels are a major trigger for depression in Type 5 individuals.
  • People with Limbic ADD often suffer from low energy, short attention spans, and get stuck on negative thoughts and guilty feelings.
  • Stimulant medications alone frequently make people with Limbic ADD more negative and moody.


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

Boost Your Mood With Food: A balanced diet of high-quality proteins, healthy fats, and fewer carbohydrates will help reduce negative symptoms and balance your mood. A healthy diet can also be paired with supplements, like DL-phenylalanine and SAMe, to boost and stabilize the mood.

Avoid Absolutes: Alleviating the symptoms of Limbic ADD includes learning how to structure your thoughts and actions. For example, an “all or nothing” approach automatically sets you up for failure which, in turn, will cause emotional distress.

Get Back to the Essentials: Create strategies that will allow you to calm yourself down when you are triggered. Essential oils, such as lavender, bergamot, grapefruit, and peppermint, can help boost your mood.

Collect Happy Memories: Build a library of positive memories from happy experiences in your life. Sad people tend to dwell on negative memories. When you’re suffering from the negative symptoms of Type 5 ADD, you can bring yourself to a better place by collecting and reflecting on happy memories.

Build Strong Relationships: One way to curb negative thinking patterns is to surround yourself with people who encourage positive cognitive processes and support conversational bonding. Build strong relationships with them and with those closest to you.

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. KayGee319 says:

    “Stimulant medications alone frequently make people with Limbic ADD more negative and moody.”
    Does this mean that a child who is only taking stimulant medication (like medication to boost attention) and nothing else, is prone become even more negative and moody? What else needs to be taken along with a stimulant to prevent this?

    • SS White Flour says:

      Do some research, I think I may have this type of ADD, I fit all the symptoms like I was reading my biography. As someone who lives with it all I can say is encourage your kid and let his/her creativity flourish. We are generally very creative especially when it comes to work, we approach things from outside the box to begin with always, this can and will lead to ridicule by peers, because it’s so abstract. When I’m allowed to do things the way I want to do things without someone standing over my shoulder that is when the most progress is made, though in general everyone is different, but expression is key for us, if you feel you can’t relate with your child, just let them express themselves in the things they do, that is how they are trying to communicate with you.

      • Beth Anne says:

        You’re generalising incredibly. This describes me to a T and I’m probably one of the least creative people I know. Stop trying to tell everyone that just because you personally experience a disorder a certain way means that “we” all experience the same or similar presentations. ADHD doesn’t make someone more creative, you’re just romanticising the whole thing and it’s really gross to watch

  2. Robin Wilburn says:

    I have recently been diagnosed with adult ADD . I don’t want to take any medication , but I feel my life spiralling out of control !

    • Rebecca Goodrich says:

      Hi Robin,
      There are many types of medication for ADHD. A few are stimulants, but there are many that are not. I was recently diagnosed with inattentive ADHD (I’m 58) and taking Adderall has made a world of difference in my life. I feel much more in control of my day. I am more organized, more energized, and am able to follow through and finish tasks that I would have had a very hard time doing before my diagnosis. Work with a doctor who will allow you to determine your appropriate dosage and really listens to you. Good luck!

    • Beth Anne says:

      Medication isn’t the devil, give it a try under supervision and see what it does for you. If you don’t like it you can always stop taking it, but why suffer more than you have to if there’s help out there for you?

  3. Mary Benthale says:

    How do you knoe whats the right medication for you?

  4. Jill Archer says:

    Funny: Your assessment says I have this type and Overfocused type ADD. For the last year I have been using essential oils and grapefruit and bergamot are my favorites–They make me feel almost ecstatic. It makes me wonder if someone randomly chose these four as examples or if there is something about them that is signifant!

  5. scott adams says:

    YEeah lost me once you got to Essential oils. Maybe magnet therapy?
    Oh and those oils are working great for you, they usually work best on middle aged Hippie type women but hey do you

    • Eli says:

      yeah, these “treatments” are bogus. Limbic ADD people seemed to be screwed in every sense of the word, not even medications work and therapy to cure such a thing is a ridiculous thought. we won the genetic lottery of being unlucky


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