#My Aspergers

 

A better title for this page might have been ‘My neurology’ but here we go.

 

I had suspected ADHD since 1995 and then discovered my Aspergers a few years ago in my 40s.

I have now been clinically assessed as having both Aspergers Syndrome and ADHD

  • Although I have not been formally diagnosed

It seemed as clear to the Doctor who assessed me as it was to me, when I had ticked every Gillberg and DSM IV diagnostic box during my discovery stage!

 

According to Dr. Russell Barkley, the majority of those with ADHD have 2 additional disorders, most commonly:

  • Anxiety
  • Dysthymia (low level, long term depression)

 

Anxiety and depression are also commonly found in those with Asperger’s!

  • I will be elaborating on this in a future post

 

There also seems to be considerable co-morbidity between Asperger’s and ADHD.

According to Dr. Barkely:

  • around 20% of those with ADHD also have some form of Autism
  • Up to 60% of those with Autism cross the diagnostic threshold for ADHD

 

It is often difficult for me to see where my Autism ends and my ADHD begins, so I think Neurological Spectrum perhaps better captures the essence of my neuro-diverse reality.

 

In this short video clip, Dr. Barkley contrasts ADHD and Autism very succinctly by focusing on 2 key traits.

  • I have no medical training so I can’t give a professional argument for or against this assertion
  • But what I can confirm is that my experience of living with these 2 conditions is exactly as he describes it

 

 

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angela
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 23:24:25

    Really interesting distinction between hyperfocusing & perseveration. I hadn’t thought of it like that before. I will say I have seen peopke with ASD perseverating too (i.e. refusing to leave a computer game or ‘stuck’ on an idea). But I often see people w/ ADHD ‘stuck’ in a maladaptive sense on extraneous activities.

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    • spectrumscribe
      Jun 12, 2012 @ 03:34:20

      There are maybe 20 or more you tube videos featuring Dr. Barkley discussing ADHD. Although Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, he seems to maintain very close ties with the Canadian ADHD community.

      One of the most positive messages that I’ve heard him mention is that, in his opinion, ADHD is one of the most treatable and successfully treatable of the spectrum of neurological disorders.

      Again, I can’t comment on this professionally, but based on my personal experience, I can concur with this statement.

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  2. wisdomfromthesisterhood
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 16:51:44

    Very cool post :). Really…thank you!

    Reply

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