"Thanks for Noticin' Me" says Eeyore...
He walks slowly. He looks sad. He doesn't accomplish much. He's just glad to be noticed. This is Eeyore, the stuffed donkey who is so often in need of his tail being pinned back on.
Chronic Low Grade Dysthymia and ADHD
Those with this type, or style of ADHD are often inattentive with a degree of brain fog, and they may also often complain of a chronic low-grade depression. They often seem negative, or apathetic about projects, and they seem to have low energy levels and little enthusiasm. They often just don't seem to care about things. There are often feelings of worthlessness, or helplessness, or hopelessness.
ADHD Brain : Limbic System and Depression
SPECT scans show that in this type of ADHD there is increased activity deep in the limbic system, in parts of the brain called the thalamus and hypothalamus, when the brain is "at rest." There is also a decreased level of activity in the underside of the pre-frontal cortex.
When the brain is placed under a work load, as during a homework assignment, nothing changes. The over-active limbic system remains over-active, and the under-active pre-frontal cortex remains under-active.
This type of ADHD looks very much like a combination of ADHD and Depression. Some have suggested that up to 25% of children with ADHD are also depressed or suffer from a mild depression called Dysthymic disorder.
Treatment Strategies for Limbic System, or Eeyore style ADHD
We recommend our ADHD Eating Program to start with. You can find this at the ADHD Information Library at http://newideas.net/adhd/adhd-diet . It is important to use the eating program even if you are using other interventions, such as medications, EEG biofeedback training, or a combination of the nutraceuticals ATTEND and MEMORIN. Each of these interventions can be very helpful, and combined with the eating program can make a "day and night" difference. Remember, no matter how effective your intervention may be, if you are eating junk foods you will not get as many benefits from your treatment interventions. In addition, we recommend for Inattentive, or Winnie the Pooh style ADHD the following:
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ATTEND for ADHD symptoms : begin small and work up to just two or three capsules per day in divided doses. Our studies showed that about 70% of those who used Attend for 30 or more days made improvements with the product. The ATTEND contains L-Tyrosine, which increases dopamine production. ATTEND also contains GABA, DL-Phenylalyne, Ginko, Pycnogenol and Grape Seed Extracts, 5-HTP, pregnenolone, DMAE, and more. See the ATTEND ingredients list here.
EXTRESS for symptoms of impulsivity, temper, restlessness, and anxiety. The EXTRESS contains GABA, DL-PA, 5-HTP, and St. John's Wort. Extress will be the main focus of this treatment, and anywhere from two capsules, up to six per day might be needed.
DEPREX for symptoms of worry or agitation. Just one or two capsules per day. The DEPREX contains additional GABA, as well as lots more DL-Phenylalyne, 5-HTP, and just 2 capsules of DEPREX contain 320 mg of St. John's Wort.
In addition, experts recommend DL-Phenylalyne (up to 600 mg per day for adults), 5-HTP, and B Vitamins and St. John's Wort (up to 600 mg per day for adults).
We do not recommend the use of MEMORIN for this type of ADHD.
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Consult your health care professional regarding diagnosis or alternative treatments for ADHD. A child, teen, adult, friend or spouse with depression should see a doctor or other health care professional for an evaluation. If they talk about being suicidal, believe them and get them an evaluation today. By some estimates, upwards of 15 percent of those with depression will die by suicide. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death among adults, and the third leading cause of death among teenagers.