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Aspergers Syndrome

What key factors differentiate Asperger's Syndrome from ADHD?


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2009-06-14 14:28:16
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People with Asperger's Syndrome typically are very interested in specific subjects and like to learn lots of details about them. They can become obsessed with in obscure subjects and enjoy talking in great detail about them, taking them very seriously. People with ADHD are likely to have lots of interests and to be less obsessive about following through on them. Both can have issues with social situations, with the people with Asperger's syndrome being unaware that people find them boring and struggling to understand why others aren't fascinated by their subject, while the people with ADHD may not notice what's going on around them and may be socially inappropriate, but they understand it when it is pointed out to them. Asperger's Syndrome can be misdiagnosed as ADHD because of similar symptoms. In addition, ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome can occur together. Some Comparisons: ADHD - has difficulty focusing on one thing

AS - can focus very intently on one thing if it is a special interest but could have difficulty if it is not a special interest ADHD - has difficulty completing tasks

AS - does not have difficulty completing tasks if it is a special interest

ADHD - might not seem to be listening when someone is speaking to him or her

AS - might not seem to be listening when intently focused or when overwhelmed ADHD - talks nonstop

AS - talks nonstop about a special interest but often very little on other topics ADHD - makes inappropriate comments due to being impulsive but realizes afterward it was inappropriate

AS - makes inappropriate comments due to not knowing better and not understanding social conventions ADHD - shows emotions without restraint

AS - shows emotions when overwhelmed and stressed, but might seem unemotional at other times ADHD - interrupts due to being impulsive

AS - could interrupt due to lack of understanding of social conventions but might not talk at all

ADHD - fidgets, squirms, moves constantly due to hyperactivity

AS - fidgets and squirms in some situations that can be resolved with a "fidget" that helps him or her focus or being put in a low-distraction low-stress environment ADHD - has difficulty performing silent tasks

AS - usually does not have difficulty performing silent tasks if in low-distraction low-stress environment; can play quietly alone in a room ADHD - has difficulty paying attention

AS - might have difficulty paying attention if subject is not a special interest or if person uses slang and idiomatic expressions that are not understood or if not in a low-distraction low-stress environment ADHD - daydreams frequently

AS - daydreaming is not typically a symptom noticed in younger children, but it might be more common in girls and older children or teens ADHD - forgets details of daily routines

AS - follows daily routines rigidly ADHD - might have accidents and injuries due to being impulsive

AS - might have accidents and injuries due to lack of motor control

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There are simelarities between ADHD and Asperger Syndrome. But ADHD is more to do with having difficulty focusing on school work, sitting still in class, etc. As Asperger Syndrome is more to with having trouble with Social Skills, and Comunication Skills. It is like autism; in fact it is on the 'high functioning end' of the autistic spectrum. But yes many people with aspergers also have, or have symptoms of 'ADHD'.

It is common for those with an Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis to also carry an ADHD diagnosis. There is speculation that the two syndromes may be related because of their presentation, and often, co-diagnosis. Both syndromes share a core deficit: executive dysfunction.

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ADHD is a fake condition made-up by a drug company. The company had developed a new drug. Yet could Not find any thing it could help! So they made-up this fake condition! And pay extra to ones that do falsely label people with it! It is a devil following business!Pray to GOD about this!All people can get labeled with ADHD; is the side effects of the drug!

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People of all kinds get ADHD; there is no one common denominator. However, there are risk factors that often play a role in most diagnoses which include: family members with ADHD, mother who smoked during pregnancy, low birth weight, and early birth.

Its mostly hereditary, passed on from parent to child. Please note a child can have ADHD even if the parents do not. On the other hand a parent can have ADHD and not pass it on to the child. Physically ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain along with other factors.

The 3 actually go hand in hand. Kids with autism normally have ADHD AND SPD as well. There are many though, that have ADHD and SPD but not autism. There is however a difference. ADHD is mainly hyperactivity, and a hard time focusing. Autism is developmental disorder and certain criteria is used to diagnose it. SPD is most commonly diagnosed by an Occupation Therapist. That is the one that is the most different of the disorders. A child with SPD can be a SEEKER, or an AVOIDER, or BOTH. My son is both. He seeks proprioceptive input a lot. (rough play, heavy lifting) He avoids Olfactory and auditory input (smell and hearing.) There are some great books out there to help you learn more. The Autism/ADHD connection is a great book. Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder is an amazing book that really breaks down SPD for you. Lastly, Autism for Dummies was like my bible when my son was first diagnosed!

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There is no treatment for AS. However some people with AS also have ADHD, OCD, depression or anxiety and may benefit from medication. The use of therapies such as Speech is useful however some like shock therapy are not and may in fact worsen AS.

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