Comorbidities of ADHD

Approximately half of all people with ADHD suffer from another condition. This is known as a comorbidity. Sometimes comorbidities are considered 'secondary' or triggered by ADHD. For example, a child could be particularly depressed because they are constantly being told off for being impulsive or not being able to focus on the task at hand. This will generally subside once the ADHD is diagnosed and treated. When the problems don't resolve this is when a condition is considered comorbid or standalone, a diagnosis in itself. The condition is both chronic and pervasive. That means they were noticed early on in childhood and…


Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in Children

Since blogging about ADHD in children, I have come across so many other comorbidities such as ASD, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder), Anxiety, RSD (Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria) and here is yet another one, PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance).  PDA is widely understood to be on the autistic spectrum or ASD as it is now called.  As I have learnt ASD and ADHD are also closely linked.  My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and ODD, and I work with children who have ASD and PDA, so I was really interested in the difference between ODD and Pathological Demand Avoidance in children.  What is Pathological…


ADHD and Autism

My friend's son has been recently been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  We had thought it was ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) because some of his traits were remarkably like my daughters with ADHD. Clearly, we are not professionals which is why it should be left to the professionals to diagnose!  However, it did get me thinking about what Autism is and the differences between ADHD and Autism. ADHD is the most common coexisting condition in children with ASD. Some studies suggest a figure of approximately half of all ASD children having ADHD.  Equally, about a quarter of children with ADHD…


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