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Attention deficit hyperactive disorder, or ADHD, is a condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, or a combination.About 60 percent of children with ADHD in the United States become adults with ADHD; that’s about 4 percent of the adult population, or 8 million adults.* Less than 20 percent of adults with ADHD have been diagnosed or treated, and only about one-quarter of those adults seek help.* Thought to be biological and most often genetic, ADHD takes place very early in brain development.However, we believe that bipolar disorder is mistakenly over-diagnosed in those with autism.In part this is because some of their symptoms can overlap.It’s particularly challenging to diagnose psychiatric disorders in individuals who have language impairments or intellectual disabilities – as do many of those with autism.When diagnosing typically developing children and adults, we can ask them about their emotions and experiences.Adults with ADHD may have a hard time organizing things, listening to instructions, remembering details, or difficulty completing tasks, which can affect their relationships at home, school, and work.People who have ADHD may exhibit different symptoms, and they may experience them at different levels of severity, ranging from mild to significant impairment.
For those of you not familiar with bipolar disorder, it’s a mood disorder once known as “manic depression.” Persons with bipolar disorder alternate between a frenzied state known as mania and episodes of depression.Other common symptoms included excessive activity such as pacing (43 percent), accident proneness (44 percent), distractibility (43 percent) and a tendency to “get in trouble” (47 percent). The point is that all these behaviors could be considered symptoms of bipolar disorder!Yet clearly these children did not all have bipolar disorder.Early results suggest that this type of intervention decreases mood severity in children, while improving family interactions and access to appropriate healthcare.If you or your child has autism and you’re concerned that it may be complicated by a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder, we recommend that you seek assessment from a mental health provider with experience in autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Studies suggest that anti-seizure, mood-stabilizing medications such as valproic acid may be a safer treatment for those with autism.