ADD, ADHD, & OTHER FAIRY TALES, Part II ?
C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
There is no questioning my mind that the approach outlined in Pat I works for the vast majority of ADD and ADHD people. If that fails then read:
HEALING ADD-The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD, Daniel G. Amen, M.D., Berkley Books, NY, 2001.
Dr. Amen describes 6 types of ADD:
Classic-This actually would be called ADHD by most clinicians
Inattentive—Mainly low attention span
Overfocused—Excessively worrying, argumentative, negative and compulsive
Temporal lobe—Quick tempered, panicked, angry, fearful
Limbic—Moody, low energy low grade depression
Ring of Fire—Hypersensitive, angry, aggressive, unpredictable, etc
?Dr. Amen diagnoses these variations mainly with the use of a SPEC scan? (SINGLE PHOTON EMISSION COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY).
These scans reveal over or under activity in various parts of the brain.
?Once diagnosed, his primary recommendations, except in Type 3_ are
High protein, low carbohydrate diets, eating 3 meals a day and two snacks
Minimize fruits and juices
Increase omega-3 intake
?Type 3 are low in serotonin. They need more of a balance between protein and complex carbohydrate. I would suggest these individuals might benefit from a little tryptophan, B complex and lithium orotate!
?Dr. Amen has a section on his recommendations for supplements and EEG biofeedback for the various types. He also has a strong section on drugs, which I almost never would recommend. There are good discussions of psychosocial aspects of this disorder.
?As in Part I, I would not recommend the Amen approach, unless you have thoroughly tried everything discussed in Part I. I would even gradually increase the physical exercise component to a minimum of 3 hours of moderately active exercise daily before going the SPEC and drug route.?
Undoubtedly there are some who may need to go to the Amen clinic and I would certainly recommend that before allowing drugs!