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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?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder  and asperger's are very similar, don't you think that ADHD could be a variant of the autism spectrum?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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What is the difference between autism and asperger's syndrome?

What is the difference between autism and asperger's syndrome?

Symptom presentation: This distinction, introduced in the early 1990's, arose because some individuals had major delays in social interactions and language, along with odd behaviors (autism), while others had good language but problems with the other two areas (asperger's). Subsequent research has shown that, controling for intelligence, the main difference is language--a circular process. It may be going away soon. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are the differences between autism and asperger's?

Help please? I want to know what are the differences between autism and asperger's?

The same deficits : in reciprocal social interaction caused by lack of joint attention, facial recognition & theory of mind underlie all types of autism. Autistic Spectrum Disorder is now the diagnosis that "lumps" autism, AS & PDD-NOS in the DSM-V. There was a misperception that the old diagnosis of AS always implied superior cognitive skills. The DSM-IV required a "normal" IQ (> 70), not necessarily avg. or >. ...Read more

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What are the differences between autism and asperger's syndrome?

Same Family: Autism is a more pervasive problem, with severe effects in speech, social interactions, and behavior. Asperger's is a related condition with possible problems in the same areas, but to a lesser degree. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the differences between autism and asperger's?

Please explain what are the differences between autism and asperger's?

The same deficits : in reciprocal social interaction caused by lack of joint attention, facial recognition & theory of mind underlie all types of autism. Autistic Spectrum Disorder is now the diagnosis that "lumps" autism, AS & PDD-NOS in the DSM-V. There was a misperception that the old diagnosis of AS always implied superior cognitive skills. The DSM-IV required a "normal" IQ (> 70), not necessarily avg. or >. ...Read more

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What to do if i don't understand how one can have both autism/asperger's and ADHD simultaneously?

What to do if i don't understand how one can have both autism/asperger's and ADHD simultaneously?

Brain development: Dear shelly, this is a difficult question because asperger's, autism and adhd are still incompletely understood problems of the developing brain. Each child/person with any of these labels is unique with strengths and weaknesses. Often with these developmental diagnoses there are overlapping symptoms which doctors call co-morbidities, like many overlapping circles. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the similarities and differences between asperger's syndrome and classic autism?

Type of impairment: This all wil change in 5/13. For the past 14-15 years, asperger's disorder has described people with longstanding poor social skills and odd or unusually intense preoccupations but relatively normal language, wherease autism has notable language impairment as well. Studies have failed to find marked differences other than in language, so new term will be austim spectrum disorder. ...Read more

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How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?

How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?

Minor autism: The diagnosis is a clinical one. When issues like impaired attention and depressed mood are also present the diagnosis of Aspergers ( now termed minor autism ) is made more difficult. There are varying degrees of involment of multiple cognitive domains and behavioral features involved. No two people are alike. Get an opinion from a well trained expert in behavioral medicine who deals with autism. ...Read more

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What is the difference between aspergers and autism in general?

What is the difference between aspergers and autism in general?

They are both: On the spectrum of autism disorder. Aspergers in general is more high functioning. They are all very bright people.. Aspergers tend to excel academically and have social problems because they do not read emotional cues well at all. Autism usually has more severe developmental and language delays with diarrhea, constipation, self stemming, and eating issues. This is a broad and general description. ...Read more

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How can having autism / aspergers affect your day to day life?

How can  having autism / aspergers affect your day to day life?

That is life: For those patients, living with autism or asperger is their day to day life already. It is normal for them. Of course, society "attitudes" towards them, rejection, stigmatization might be part of their everyday experiences. They have variable degrees of limitations in every aspect, and they are commonly, fairly adjusted to this. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more