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What is limbic attention deficit disorder (ADD)?

In limbic attention deficit disorder (ADD), the prefrontal cortex is underactive during concentration while the deep limbic area -- which sets your emotional tone, controlling how happy or sad you are -- is overactive. 

Depression is also associated with overactivity in the deep limbic area, yet a person’s developmental history in addition to some subtle differences on single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scans (between limbic ADD and depression) helps differentiate between the two conditions. This helps set the best course of treatment to resolve symptoms.

Limbic ADD SPECT scan findings typically show increased deep limbic activity (thalamus and hypothalamus) at rest and during concentration. There is also decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex, cerebellum and basal ganglia during concentration.

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