A 38-year-old male asked:
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attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and asperger's are very similar, don't you think that adhd could be a variant of the autism spectrum?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
No I do not: Adhd and asperger/autism spectrum disorders are distinctively different. Adhd is a disruptive behavior disorder with few problems with socialuzation at it's core. Asds have a great deal to do with a person being socially perplexed. It is possible to have one or the other or both. Also, the treatments for adhd in terms of medications do not help much with the social impairments seen in the asds.
Answered on May 8, 2016
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
No: Attention deficit disorder and asperger's are completely different problems. They can co-exist, but are not the same.
Answered on Jul 5, 2016
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
31 years experience General Practice
ADHD, Asperger's and Autism are all described in psychiatries Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. The diagnoses do not address the many possible underlying medical and educational causes of these disorders. No one should receive a psychiatric diagnosis until all medical or educational causes have been ruled out.
Sep 2, 2012
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Nope: These are very distinct conditions. They both are brain diseases, but that's where it ends. Both can be comorbid with each other, meaning they can exist together. Their genetic & biological underpinnings are in completely different areas of brain.
Answered on May 8, 2016
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
4/4 doctors agree: Children with adhd-combined type have trouble with peer interactions and prosocial skills largely due to their impulsivity, impatience and intrusiveness. This is often tolerated by peers till age 7, when neuro-typical kids want to get their work done. People with asperger's, in varying degrees, lack theory of mind, the ability to understand that someone else can have a different point of view.
Answered on Sep 18, 2019
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Adhd/autism: No, but u can have coexisting Asperger with adhd. Intellectually, they are different.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
and/or anxiety or depression ( the latter I see mainly in teens)
Oct 10, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
and/or anxiety or depression ( the latter I see mainly in teens)
Oct 10, 2012

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