six types of ADDIn order to understand Temporal Lobe Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, it’s necessary to know a little bit about the brain, particularly the location and functions of the Temporal Lobe. Originally developed for anatomical classification, the brain was divided into four different parts: the frontal, parietal, occipital and temporal lobes. As research into the brain advanced, scientists realized that each section was responsible for different functions.

lobes of the brain

hippocampusAs the name suggests, the frontal lobe is the front portion of the brain. In addition to being responsible for motor functions, it also contains the most Dopamine receptors, which effect attention span, short-term memory, planning and motivation. Located at the top and back of the brain, the parietal lobe effects how sensory data is processed so the information can be used for navigation and orientation. The occipital lobe processes visual information and is located at the back of the brain under the parietal lobe.

The temporal lobe, which is located beneath the frontal and parietal lobes and behind the sinuses, processes sound and interprets semantics of both written and spoken language. Buried within is the hippocampus. In addition to being a part of the limbic system which regulates emotions, behavior, smell and the transfer of information from short to long-term memory. Since this area plays an essential role in memory, it neg thouhgtsis one of the first sections of the brain that suffers damage in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. So, it should come as no surprise that people with temporal lobe ADD will have difficulty remembering things and often experience sensations of déjà vu.

In addition to forgetfulness, these people have difficulty regulating, understanding and coping with emotions. They are quick to lose their temper and are fearful, irritable, sensitive, and paranoid. This emotional instability can be challenging for the people close to them and often strains relationships. Making communication even more challenging is a tendency to interpret short fuse2both spoken and written language in negative ways, and if the above problems aren’t enough many patients also suffer auditory processing disorders.

Auditory processing disorder, or APD, effects approximately five percent of all school children and is often misdiagnosed as a learning disability. Most of these children hear fine in ideal environments, like the ones where hearing tests are given. This means most hearing tests will determine the child has no difficulty hearing, but there is a difference between detecting and hearing problemsprocessing sound. Children and adults with APD struggle to recognize and process similar speech sounds, since they have difficulty noting subtle differences between sounds in loud and noisy environments. If you are concerned your child may have APD, there are several diagnostic questions parents can use to. This way the problem can be diagnosed early and prevent delays in speech and language development and academic performance.

  • Environment Is your child easily distracted or bothered by loud or sudden sounds or noisy environments? Does your child’s behavior and performance improve in quiet settings?
  • Speech and Language Development Does your child struggle with reading, writing, spelling or speech? Does your child have difficulty solving math word problems? Does your child have difficulty following conversations?
  • Other Does your child have difficulty following directions? Are they disorganized and forgetful?

The symptom of Temporal ADD I found most surprising was the prevalence of abdominal pain. Most of the time, the abdominal pain is accompanied by dizziness, pale skin, nausea, abdominal painvomiting and diarrhea. The abdominal pain is also a symptom of the rare condition of Abdominal Epilepsy, which can be officially diagnosed with an EEG, MRI or CT scan and gastrointestinal diagnostic tests like ultrasounds and endoscopy procedures.

The good news is that Temporal Lobe ADD and Abdominal epilepsy are both treated with anti-seizure medications like Gabapentin (aka.Neurotin) since these drugs increase the levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms neural activity and prevents neurons from firing too much or erratically. GABA can be taken as a supplement (L-Glutamine), but taking too much of the supplement can worsen gastrointestinal symptoms and in some cases cause seizures. medicationSelective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, including Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft will make these temporal lobe conditions worse. To improve memory difficulties, patients can try Ginko Biloba, Phosphatidylserine (PS), or Vitamin E. Regular aerobic exercise and a low-carb diet has also proven beneficial when it comes to decreasing the severity of symptoms.

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Six Types of ADD by Beverleigh H. Piepers

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Previous posts in this series

Six Types of ADD: Introduction

Six Types of ADD: Classic

Six Types of ADD: Overfocused


4 thoughts on “Six Types of ADD: Temporal Lobe ADD

  1. “Since this area plays an essential role in memory, it neg thouhgtsis one of the first sections of the brain that suffers damage in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. So, it should come as no surprise that people with temporal lobe ADD will have difficulty remembering things and often experience sensations of déjà vu. ”

    This is the point in this article I came to and immediately thought… “who in the world wrote this?” These 3 fragmented ideas have nothing to do with each other but are still put in close proximity, for what function, I have no idea. Alzeimer’s Disease affects memory yes, but it is not because the hippocampus plays an essential role in memory. There is not cause and effect relationship. You’re putting the egg being laid before the chicken. Brown chicken, blue egg. Then this whole sentence is slammed together next to “people with temproal lobe ADD will have difficulty remembering things…”. What does a degenerate hippocampus, supposedly causing Alzeimer’s accroding to your article, have to do with individuals with temporal ADD having difficulty remembering things?

    Please research before posting. I am happy that I stopped where i did before I trapsed deeper into the rabbit hole.

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