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What is overfocused attention deficit disorder (ADD)?

In order to focus, it is necessary to continually be able to shift your attention. People suffering with overfocused attention deficit disorder (ADD) have most of the ADD features, but rather than not being able to pay attention, they have difficulty shifting their attention. They become hyper-focused on certain things while tuning everything else out. These folks tend to get stuck or locked into negative thought patterns and behaviors. This type of ADD is often found in substance abusers as well as the children and grandchildren of alcoholics.

Overfocused ADD single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scan findings show increased activity at rest and during concentration in the anterior cingulate gyrus, as well as decreased activity in the underside of the prefrontal cortex, cerebellum and basal ganglia.

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