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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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