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Discussion in 'PDD-NOS, Social Anxiety and Others' started by Bellacat, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. Bellacat

    Bellacat Active Member

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    This is the main thing that got me thinking about it in the first place. It feels like the symptoms I have that could be attributed to ADHD are holding me back from the benefits of ASD and I'm not living up to my potential.
     
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  2. HidinginPlainSight

    HidinginPlainSight Well-Known Member

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    I'm actually in the exact same situation right now. I am getting tested for ADHD because my workplace is undergoing some serious changes in accommodations which are potentially very debilitating to someone who is autistic. I went to my doctor to request certain considerations be written down so I could have something if necessary. As a by-product of some of these sessions, she said it would be a good idea to screen for ADHD as I was answering questions which showed this to be a distinct possibility. I do not believe I am ADHD, but I answered the questions as accurately as I was able to. I should have the results by the end of the month.

    That is why it could be relevant to me. I'm not sure if that could help in understanding why it could be relevant to you.
     
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  3. BrokenBoy

    BrokenBoy 戯言使い(Nonsense User)

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    Keep in mind just having autism is kinda rare.
     
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  4. Clueless in Canada

    Clueless in Canada Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Intellectual impairment is different from a learning disability. Intellectual impairment is the polite way of saying low intelligence. A person can have high intelligence and be dyslexic which is a learning disability. A person could have intellectual impairments and dyslexia.
     
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  5. Bellacat

    Bellacat Active Member

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    We've finally concluded that I have both ASD and ADHD and my psychologist was able to clear up the confusion for me, finally. I thought I'd add it here in case anyone finds it interesting or useful.

    He said that the criteria for ASD diagnosis is more focused on the social/communication difficulties, and ADHD is more about the concentration, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and executive function stuff. There is lots and lots of overlap, so most people with ASD have some ADHD traits (and vice versa). That can make it seem like those traits are a part of ASD, but they aren't actually criteria for the ASD diagnosis. If the traits from the other category are significant enough, then the additional diagnosis is given.

    He also pointed out that when both are present, it's impossible to tell which one is actually influencing a particular behaviour because the answer is usually going to be "both + other factors".
     
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  6. MarieMarie

    MarieMarie Some kind of aspie, perhaps, maybe?

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    Nothing here I don't agree with. Or well, possibly one thing.

    Everybody here agrees that learning disability does not equal intellectual impairment. I have already stated earlier in the thread, that one could have difficulties in learning for plenty of other reasons than low IQ. So you are kind of repeating me.

    However, low IQ will also yield difficulties in learning. If you call that a learning disability or not would really be a matter of definition? I mean, it's just about terminology. Words. The psychologists will have a classification. English is my second language. I shrug and say Okay.

    We are off topic in this thread, and I'm not certain how we got here. I don't really understand my own logic of it, when I check the whole thread. Unless something has been deleted, possibly I posted something in the wrong thread. Or I skipped several logical steps. Or something.
     
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