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Great article

Hi All

Newly diagnosed and in the mode of trying to find out anything I can to understand my issues.  I read this article today

http://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/61/slide-1.html?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=March

And although I’m not sure it cleared things up for me (now I think I have 5 or the 7 types lol) it was a very interesting read.  Thought it was interesting enough to share.

Hope this helps?

Ali

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Thank you grin. I just found out at the end of February 2014 I have ADHD.  So this will be helpful, since I am also looking for all the info I can find

Posted by dmtaylor89 on Mar 26, 2014 at 11:03pm

Thanks. Interesting article. A few of them seemed to fit for me too so not sure! Will have to read through again

Posted by Janeybee on Mar 27, 2014 at 1:45am

My take on the 7-types Amen proposes is that everybody I know who has ADHD also fits into a few of the different types.  I read that particular article too but came away Not Very Impressed (less impressed than when I heard him give a presentation several years back)...the jury is still very much out on whether his way of grouping things (and the treatments recommended for each group) really holds water.  It is all still investigational and not widely supported by his colleagues.  Best advice is to take it with a grain of salt.

Posted by BC on Mar 27, 2014 at 7:02am

Hmm. You’re right, this is interesting but very confusing. From this slide deck, I identified myself as some combination of classic, over-focused, and anxious, so according to this I probably shouldn’t be taking stimulants. But I have been taking stimulants for years and it does really help. I also think that it can change over the course of one’s life—thinking back to when I was a kid, I would say I was very inattentive with some mild hyperactivity, mostly in the form of fidgeting and pacing. But now I’m not really inattentive at all. Of course, that could just be the Adderall talking.

When I was diagnosed I was not assigned a “type,” but I was told that ADHD is not the same for any two people. I have very few of the stereotypical ADHD problems—I have never misplaced my keys in my life. But, I do have pretty much ALL of the common characteristics of people who have ADHD, in terms of the way I think, my personality, and how I react to certain situations.

If you are newly diagnosed, I would recommend a book called Delivered from Distraction by Edward Hallowell. It focuses much more on the deeper/real world things that make people with ADHD different, rather than just these individual “symptoms.” There’s a list of god, I don’t know, a hundred or more characteristics of the ADHD mind, some of which will just blow you away. For example, “you love bicycles” or “you can’t tolerate phoniness.” Not everyone with ADHD will identify with them all, but it is absolutely fascinating. Also, I would read this book rather than its predecessor, Driven to Distraction, which is a little out of date and focuses more on kids.

Posted by LLB827 on Mar 28, 2014 at 6:45pm

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