Inattentive ADHD: Head in the Clouds - Just Like Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh is the classic picture of Inattentive ADHD. Although Pooh is very lovable and kind, he is also inattentive, sluggish, slow-moving, and at times quite unmotivated. He is a classic daydreamer. In other writings we have called this "Space Cadet" style ADHD. These are people that suffer from "brain fog" as they go through their day.
People with this type of ADHD are often described as being easily distracted and in a fog. They are just not paying attention to you, or to their work. They have short attention spans to tasks that are difficult, or boring. And the problem is that most work is either difficult or boring. They often daydream when others are talking to them. They are easily bored unless they are in a very entertaining or rewarding situation. They often lose or misplace things like homework, car keys, purses, or reading glasses. They often have trouble planning ahead, and since they cannot find their car keys, they are usually late for appointments.
It is pretty common that these students will spend two hours doing a twenty minute homework assignment because they are so easily distracted, and then fail to turn in the homework the next day because they have either lost it in their backpacks or have stuffed it into their desk and forget where they put it. This happens daily for many of these kids.
ADHD Brain : Inattentive Type ADHD
This type of ADHD is caused by the prefrontal cortex of the brain actually slowing down (instead of speeding up in activity) when placed under a work load like reading or doing homework. This part of the brain looks fairly normal when "at rest," but actually looks like it is starting to fall asleep when asked to "go to work" on a task like a math worksheet or history homework. This makes it very hard to pay attention to school work, get homework done, listen to the teacher, clean your room, and so on.
We have actually observed this dozens of times with subjects wired to an EEG so that we could observe their brainwave activity. When at rest, the brainwave activity is pretty normal. But once the subject is asked to read, or to do a math worksheet, the subject's brainwave activity begins to look like the subject is falling asleep - and often they did fall into a deep sleep where we had to ask the parents to come in to wake up the subject. This sure makes school hard for these students!
Winnie the Pooh style inattention is seen mostly in girls. It responds well to stimulants, such as ritalin and adderall, but other interventions work well also.
Recommended Treatment Strategies for "Inattentive" or Winnie the Pooh style ADHD
We recommend our 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:
Great Products By VAXA International:
ATTEND for ADHD symptoms : begin small and work up to four 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.
MEMORIN is for increased focus and concentration to task. Just one or two capsules per day in divided doses is fine. The MEMORIN contains more ginko, plus lots of Phosphatidyl Serine and other phosphatidyls.
Essential Fatty Acids By YES Labs: http://www.yes-supplements.com/
The YES Omega Oils are the finest available. We would recommend these to everyone, with or without ADHD. And since there are studies that implicate deficiencies of Essential Fatty Acids as contributing to ADHD symptoms, we strongly recommend that children, teens, and adults take EFA supplements (Omega Oils). These Oils are very effective, and very safe as they are made from plant sources (they contain no mercury from fish sources), and they are made in the proper ratio of O3s to O6s. These omega oils are excellent for heart health, immune function, hair, nails, eyes, brain function, and more.
Consult your health care professional regarding diagnosis or alternative treatments for ADHD.