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What is anxious attention deficit disorder (ADD)?

In anxious attention deficit disorder (ADD), there is low activity in the prefrontal cortex while there is overactivity in the basal ganglia, which sets the body’s “idle speed” and is related to anxiety. The ADD symptoms in people suffering with this type tend to be magnified by their anxiety. Treatment for people with anxious ADD often includes both calming and stimulating the brain.

Anxious ADD single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scan findings show increased activity in the basal ganglia at rest and during concentration. Additionally, there is decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum during concentration.

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