7 Types of ADHD | Type 4: Limbic ADHD

Limbic ADHD

YafaYafa Crane Luria
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What are the characteristics of Limbic ADHD?

Symptoms: Core symptoms of Classic ADD, as well as chronic low-level sadness (not depression): moodiness, low energy, frequent feelings of helplessness or excessive guilt, and chronic low self-esteem.

Cause: Too much activity in the limbic part of the brain (the mood control center); decreased prefrontal cortex activity, whether concentrating on a task or at rest.

Treatment: Supplements DL-phenylalanine (DLPA), L-tryosine, and SAMe (s-adenosyl-methionine); anti-depressants Wellbutrin or Imipramine; exercise; fish oil and diet modifications.

Todd, with Limbic ADHDLimbic ADHD

Todd (not his real name) is a really great young man. He is friendly and so adept at hands-on types of activities. When we first started working together, we spent a lot of time on study skills, time management, and organization at school.

One day he came to my office and he looked completely drugged out. I was so shocked. I asked him what had happened and asked if he had just taken some sort of barbiturate. He told me that he had forgotten his medication that day. Shocked again!

He was a different person without his meds. He could barely stay awake, let alone have any kind of true conversation.

In my opinion (which, regarding medication, is not a professional opinion but just that of an observer), someone with Limbic ADHD would do well to go on medication and to stay in contact with the prescribing doctor, just to make sure that they’re on the right dose.


Take this assessment to get some idea of your or your child’s type of ADD/ADHD. This is not a substitute for medication, seeing an Medical Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor, or getting the therapeutic or coaching help that you or your family might need.

(My information comes from ADDitude Magazine, Smart Kids with LD, Amen Clinics, and from my own experience as a former teacher and school counselor, and current ADHD Coach and Strategist.

xo, Yafa

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Yafa Crane LuriaAbout Yafa Crane Luria

Yafa Crane Luria is a 30-year veteran teacher and school counselor, a Positive Discipline Trainer, and the author of the Mom’s Choice Award®-Winning book: How To Train Your Parents in 6 ½ Days and the Amazon Kindle Best Seller: Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD. She was diagnosed with ADHD (then called “Minimal Brain Dysfunction”) in 1980, one of the first to be diagnosed as an adult. Yafa specializes in helping ADHD families who have tried everything and are still frustrated by their child’s or teen’s Blocked but Brilliant brain. Fun fact: Yafa’s nickname as a child was “Mountain Goat” because she climbed on EVERYTHING! She can be reached at her website: BlockedToBrilliant.com

To read about the other types of ADHD view all posts by Yafa Crane Luria here.



Limbic ADHD

13 Comments on “7 Types of ADHD | Type 4: Limbic ADHD”

  1. Thanks for all the info,I have been able to help my friend cope she has both kids with adhd and these articles sure have been helpful

  2. My grandson has ADHD and has since he was about 5! Maybe earlier, he showed signs of disabilities at age 2 or 3! His mother forgets to give him his medicine, or forgets to pick it up, and you can definitely tell when he is not on it! He is a completely different person! So sad!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this information. Our son was just recently diagnosed with ADHD and I admit that right now we are overwhelmed. We are doing our best to find out everything we can about it but it can become so confusing.

  4. Thanks for sharing such a useful information. Going to share with my friend, her son was diagnosed with ADHD.

  5. Great tips. I agree with you that some one with ADHD has to be in contact with their prescribing doctor.

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