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How are autism, aspergers and ADHD different?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Autistic Spectrum -

Disorder & ADHD are neurodevelopmental disorders, each with its own neurobehavioral profile determined by history & specific observable behaviors.
They are categorical diagnoses, not etiologic diagnoses that explain the genetic or other medical condition that causes the symptoms in a individual. 40-70% of children & teens with ASD also have ADHD & require multi-modal treatment for both.

In brief: Autistic Spectrum -

Disorder & ADHD are neurodevelopmental disorders, each with its own neurobehavioral profile determined by history & specific observable behaviors.
They are categorical diagnoses, not etiologic diagnoses that explain the genetic or other medical condition that causes the symptoms in a individual. 40-70% of children & teens with ASD also have ADHD & require multi-modal treatment for both.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Asperger Syndrome is no longer a diagnosis in the DSM-V, as the underlying core deficits - lack of Theory of Mind & facial recognition, perseverative behaviors & diminished social reciprocity & social communication - are the same as in Autism. Because of the myth that all people with AS have superior IQ's, it remains a preferred diagnosis amongst laypeople.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics

In brief: DEVELOPMENTAL DISORD

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with impaired social interaction and communication also with repetitive and stereotyped behavior. Aspergers syndrome is better than autism in cognitive and language development.
Adhd is a disorder when child has attention deficit , hyperactive, learning problems and needs psychiatric evaluation prior to rx.

In brief: DEVELOPMENTAL DISORD

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with impaired social interaction and communication also with repetitive and stereotyped behavior. Aspergers syndrome is better than autism in cognitive and language development.
Adhd is a disorder when child has attention deficit , hyperactive, learning problems and needs psychiatric evaluation prior to rx.
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