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Inattentive ADD

This type of ADD is often undetected until late childhood or early adolescence, and the brighter the individual, the later symptoms seem to become a problem. Even though these children have many of the same symptoms as classic ADD patients, they are not hyperactive. Additional symptoms for this subtype include: excessive daydreaming, frequent complaints of being bored, appearing apathetic or unmotivated, appearing frequently sluggish or slow moving or appearing spacey or internally preoccupied —the classic "couch potato."

Most people with this form of ADD are never diagnosed — especially girls. They do not exhibit enough of the negative symptoms that cause others to seek help for them. Yet, they often experience severe disability from the disorder, and instead of getting the help they need, they are labeled as willful, uninterested, or defiant.

As with classic ADD, brain studies in these patients reveal a decrease in brain activity in the frontal lobes of the brain in response to an intellectual challenge, most likely due to low dopamine availability. Again, it seems that the harder these people try to concentrate, the worse it gets..

Diet & Exercise

A higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet is extremely beneficial. Don't forget that eating some form of protein is important for breakfast. Avoid simple carbohydrates, including white bread, white rice, white potatoes, sugar, corn syrup, honey and candy. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruit.

Strive for 30-45 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 times a week. A fast walk is fine, but whatever exercise you choose needs to raise your heart rate. As always, consult your doctor or a certified personal trainer before starting a rigorous exercise program.


Easily distracted
Difficulty with sustaining attention span for most tasks
Trouble listening when others are talking
Trouble keeping an organized area (room, desk, book bag, locker, etc.)
Frequently late or hurried
Tendency to loose things
Poor attention to detail; makes careless mistakes
Daydreams excessively
Complains of being bored
Appears apathetic or unmotivated
Is tired, sluggish or slow-moving
Is spacey or seems preoccupied


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