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Attention Disorders

When an individual has trouble paying attention or controlling impulses, a healthcare professional will usually diagnose an attention disorder. One of the most common attention disorders recognized by healthcare professionals today is ADD. ADD shares symptoms with several other conditions, however, so it is critical that the disorder receive a proper diagnosis. Located in the State of Washington, Free by the Sea has a well-trained staff uniquely qualified to help diagnose and provide treatment for a wide variety of attention disorders.

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Classic Attention Deficit Disorder

Classic Attention Deficit Disorder is more commonly known as ADD. Because the condition is common and well-researched, ADD is easy to diagnose. Common symptoms of ADD are as follows:

  • Failing to pay attention
  • Being disorganized
  • Becoming easily distracted
  • Being hyperactive
  • Often unable to control impulses

ADD symptoms are not limited to the ones listed above.

Brain scans taken from people who have been diagnosed with ADD often show regular brain activity during restful periods. However, when a person with ADD takes part in a focus-intensive task, scans of their brains reveal a low amount of activity. To treat ADD, a healthcare professional will prescribe Ritalin or recommend other natural remedies that will help increase dopamine levels. Regular exercise is also recommended to manage ADD.

Inattentive ADD

Healthcare professionals will give a diagnosis of inattentive ADD when they observe extremely low dopamine levels and a decrease in activity of the prefrontal cortex. Unlike those with ADD, individuals with inattentive ADD don’t demonstrate hyperactive or impulsive symptoms. Females are also more commonly diagnosed with inattentive ADD than males. Some symptoms of inattentive ADD are the following:

  • Becoming easily distracted
  • Procrastination
  • Disorganization
  • Inability to pay attention for extended periods of time

While people with inattentive ADD do not display the same hyperactive or impulsive symptoms as those with ADD do, they do tend to spend a lot of their time staying withdrawn and daydreaming. This attention disorder is typically treated by increasing the patient’s dopamine levels.

Over-Focused ADD

Individuals with over-focused ADD generally exhibit all of the basic ADD symptoms. The difference between the two attention disorders is that people with over-focused ADD present the additional symptom of having trouble with shifting attention. People with over-focused ADD tend to focus on negative thoughts or exhibit negative behavior. Over-focused ADD is characterized by a decrease in both dopamine and serotonin levels and an overactive anterior cingulate gyrus (which is commonly called the brain’s “gear shift”). Healthcare professionals treat over-focused ADD by increasing the patient’s dopamine and serotonin levels.

Temporal Lobe ADD

The brain’s temporal lobe is responsible for regulating memory, learning, and mood. When an individual is coping with temporal lobe ADD, they struggle with learning, memory, and severe anger or aggression. At times, they exhibit symptoms of extreme paranoia. Temporal lobe ADD is generally treated with magnesium supplements, which specifically treats their symptoms of anxiety and irritability.

Limbic ADD

A person diagnosed with limbic ADD will show all of the basic ADD symptoms but will also frequently feel an underlying sense of sadness. Other symptoms observed in an individual with limbic ADD include the following:

  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt and helplessness
  • Feeling of low self-esteem

Despite what they may imply, the symptoms of limbic ADD do not indicate depression. A patient with limbic ADD actually has an overactive limbic area in their brain. The limbic area is responsible for regulating mood. Limbic ADD is treated by increasing a patient’s dopamine levels.

Ring of Fire ADD

Ring of Fire ADD gets its name from the familiar “red ring” that shows up in brain scans of individuals with this attention disorder. Essentially, a person who has ring of fire ADD has several overactive areas throughout their brain. Symptoms of ring of fire ADD tend to be sporadic. Some examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A display of unpredictable behavior
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Periodic bursts of mean or nasty behavior
  • Periodic bursts of anxiety
  • Periodic bursts of paranoia

Treatment for ring of fire ADD includes diet changes and blood pressure medication. Stimulants, however, may be harmful when prescribed to people with this attention disorder.

Anxious ADD

Anxious ADD is characterized by the basic symptoms of ADD accompanied by tension, anxiety, stomachaches, and headaches. Typically, the physical aches and pains manifest due to stress. Brain scans of individuals suffering from anxious ADD show a very high basal ganglia. Anxious ADD is treated through the use of antidepressants, calming supplements, and relaxation.

How Are Attention Disorders Diagnosed?

A patient must present symptoms of an attention disorder for at least six months before a healthcare professional can make a diagnosis. Symptoms usually interfere with a person’s work or school life. The most common attention disorders symptoms are as follows:

  • Inability to focus or pay attention
  • Failing to listen
  • Frequent forgetfulness
  • Overlooking detail
  • Failing to follow instructions
  • Avoidance of difficult tasks

Common symptoms of hyperactivity are as follows:

  • Interrupting others
  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Talking excessively
  • Being active in unsuitable situations

Why Choose Free by the Sea?

Free by the Sea is a beautiful campus, located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our community of dedicated professionals are committed to provide care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our approach. We adhere to evidence-based practices which are focused on successful outcomes for long term recovery. Services provided include:

  • 77 treatment beds.
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselors, including licensed Mental Health Therapists.
  • High quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
  • DBT, CBT, EMDR and trauma informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships.
  • Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
  • Twelve step meetings include celebrate recovery, wellbriety, dual disorder and AA/NA/GA
  • We offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
  • Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
  • Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
  • Nutritionally designed meals to restore health

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

To live a healthy, fulfilling life, you should seek treatment for your attention disorder. When left untreated, an attention disorder can hinder a person’s ability to learn in school, get a good job, or maintain healthy relationships with others.

Don’t wait any longer. Call us at Free by the Sea today at (360) 777-7050 to learn how you can help your loved one overcome an attention disorder.

Contact Free by the Sea

Located in the State of Washington, Free by the Sea is a leading and trusted resource for treatment of all kinds of attention disorders in men and women. Many therapy options are available to help in a variety of situations. Contact us now for more information about treatment for your or your loved one’s attention disorder.

Have Questions? Call Us: (360) 777-7050