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ring_of_fire posted:
Hello im just wondering if anyone has any information on "ring of fire" ADHD? I really dont understand that I would greatly appreciate that litrature. My son is 10
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Here is information from an article about types of ADHD :

Type 6 -- The Ring of Fire . Cross between ADHD and bipolar disorder; characterized by moodiness, aggressiveness, and anger; Anticonvulsants or newer antipsychotic medications tend to work better than stimulants.

Has your son been diagnosed by a physician? What course of treatment are you following?

Patricia Quinn, MD responded:
The "ring of fire" is one of the types of ADHD that has been identified on SPECT (single positron emission computerized tomography - a type of brain scan) by Dr. Daniel Amen at his clinics . I would refer you to his website and work for a more in-depth discussion. Basically, however, this type is usually treated more like bipolar disorder with medications other than stimulants

Pat Quinn, MD
Mathew59 replied to Patricia Quinn, MD's response:
Hello Dr. Quinn,

I took Dr. Amen's brain scan and discovered at the age of 46 that I either had a congenital brain injury OR a brain injury as a baby. I've been taking methelphenidate and lamotrigine (off for 4 months) to remedy illness which has been diagnosed as ADHD Bipolar. I've been off the medication for about 4 months now and find myself with the following symptoms: brain fog, mental lethargy, physically tired and accompanying depression. I exercise daily (6 days a week) and sometimes the swimming gets me feeling good. Nonetheless, I've found my physical symtoms transcending everything I do as a 50 something year old man. Sometimes I feel like I'm 75! Please let me know if you have any recomendations. I'm ordering Vitamin D, TSH, Hemoglobin, B-12 and Folic acid tests. I appreciate any counsel you counsel you may have to offer.. Mathew

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