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AUTISM & ADHD OVERLAP


WHAT IS AuDHD?

AuDHD is a relatively new unofficial term that describes a person who has both autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Thus, it is a merging of the terms Autism and ADHD into AuDHD. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are both neurodevelopmental disorders that can affect a person's behavior, social interaction, and communication.


It is essential to remember that treatment for AuDHD should be individualized to meet the specific needs of each person. We would love to…

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SIMILARITIES & DIFFERENCES

It is important to note that the main diagnostic criteria of ASD and ADHD do not overlap.


The core characteristics of ASD are: 

- differences in communication and social interaction,

- repeated behaviors, and

- specialized interests.

 

By contrast, the core symptoms of ADHD are: 

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ORIGINS OF ASD & ADHD

GENETICS

Studies have identified several genes that may be involved in both ASD and ADHD.


One such gene is the dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) gene, which is involved in the regulation of the neurotransmitter dopamine (Thapar & Cooper, 2013). Dopamine is known to play a…

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TREATMENT APPROACHES


The treatment approaches for adults with AuDHD (autism and ADHD) can be challenging because these two conditions can interact with each other in complex ways. However, there are several strategies that can be effective in managing symptoms and improving daily functioning.


BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

Behavioral therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy…

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