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ADHD Plus Autism

July 2nd, 2014 05:00:00 am

ADHD Plus Autism

I recently read an article on Additude Magazine that I couldn't resist making one or two comments on, not to mention adding in a few different insights. Go figure!


Here is the article and the ten conditions:


ADHD Plus: 10 Conditions that May Show Up with Attention Deficit

  1. ADHD and Depression

  2. ADHD and Learning Disabilities

  3. ADHD and Anxiety

  4. ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  5. ADHD and Bipolar Disorder

  6. ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder

  7. ADHD and Autism

  8. ADHD and Substance Abuse

  9. ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome

  10. ADHD and Conduct Disorder


In this series of blogs, I have been going through these conditions one by one and offering my unique perspective. Keep in mind that the National Institute of Health stated that we have a 20% rate of misdiagnosis, and it is very difficult to get rid of a label. I suspect the misdiagnosis rate would be higher if they remove the ADHD label and discover the real diagnosis—which could be another condition altogether, or the result of environmental circumstances ranging from bad diet to bad parenting or abuse. But the American Medical Association is not known for wanting to take ownership where it has previously been wrong; they'd rather bury a diagnosis instead of admit they were at fault.


Today I want to look at Autism, because ADDitude Magazine noted the following:

A new study suggests that ADHD kids are 20 times more likely to exhibit some signs of autism compared with non-ADHD kids. There isn’t a lab test to diagnose autism. Because symptoms of both conditions overlap, diagnosing and separating the disorders can be hard. Autism is characterized by social and communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors. Some early symptoms are delayed speech and avoiding eye contact. Early detection and treatment are important.


Some would say that that ADD/HD and Autism are on the same spectrum as a disorder, as there are similar traits exhibited by both people with ADD/HD and Autism. I suspect that even some of the reasons or causes for the issues are the same, but vary based on intensity level, environmental factors and support. I have done minimal work with Autism, though have always been open to doing more. The work I did was successful in the eyes of the parents, but I was shutting down my practice at the time, and frankly I don’t know whether the help I provided helped in the long term or not. I suspect that I needed to work deeper and longer within that population to have the kind of results that I have had with ADD/HD children and adults. Yet, alas, my own ADD/HD got in the way; when I was done with my practice, I was done, at least for the moment. I feel that the rectifying of environmental issues, cleaning up the child, inside and out, and creating a tailor bit course of study work would have profound results. If the right case, comes up at the right time, who knows, I may even be ready to test my hypothesis out.


Another aspect to keep in mind is that symptoms that might look like Autism could be a side effect of drugs or medication. Before you or someone you know rushes off to the doctor to get another diagnosis on top of ADHD, check what the side effects of current medications are. Then, seek alternative options. Beware of rushing down the rabbit hole of prescriptions and treatments, especially when it comes to your children's health. How far will we go in medicating our youth before we say “enough is enough!”?


ADHD's incredibly high co-morbid rate of 80% leads me to believe that something is not adding up. Our symptom-focused world of medicine is causing at least as many problems as it is solving—and more in some cases. Fifteen minutes with a doctor is considered a long visit these days. Continuing education credits for doctors are underwritten by pharmaceutical companies. Decisions are being made that fly in the face of what our own institutions have show us. Around many of these issues, someone is toying with parents, as well as the American population as a whole. We're being made to look and act like fools; treated like rubes at a carnival who get fleeced by drug companies, corporations like Monsanto and General Mills, our media, and most of all, by our own government. I am not talking conspiracy theories here. I am talking about groups of people who are spending lots and lots of money in order to make lots of money; people who pay to sway politicians, while we rubes get fleeced—through what we're charged, what we are paid, how we are manipulated and sometimes even bullied into spending—to keep the bribery loop called lobbying alive and well. 



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