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Aspergers and Comorbid Conditions

"Is it common for a child with Asperger Syndrome to also have other disorders? My son had been diagnosed with ADHD, but now they think he may also have Asperger Syndrome."

Children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism are known to have several comorbid conditions. Comorbid conditions are those conditions or diseases that go along with having Aspergers. One of these conditions is known as ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Sometimes, these children can be misdiagnosed as only having the more common ADHD, with the Aspergers being missed.

Obsessive compulsive disorder can be a comorbidity with Aspergers. In some cases, this doesn’t show-up until the Aspergers child is an adult. What both conditions have in common is the need for order, and the presence of compulsive, sometimes irrational, repetitive behaviors. Some scientists believe that there is a neurological relationship between the two conditions.

Because those with Aspergers know they are different and have difficulty relating to others, they often suffer from acute or chronic depression. Others can have anger or violent symptoms out of frustration for being “out of place”. There have been reports of suicide and suicide-attempts among those with Aspergers. The symptoms of depression can respond to antidepressant therapy and also to psychological therapy, aimed at helping the Aspergers individual feel more accepted and acceptable to others.

In addition, seizures are a common comorbidity of Aspergers with some researchers believing that up to 30 percent of Aspergers children also have a seizure disorder. Medication can work in some cases, while other sufferers require specialized brain surgery to be free of seizures. While the Aspergers itself has no known cure or medications specifically designed for it, many of the comorbidities can be treated effectively. Not only can seizures and depression be treated, but the ADHD and obsessive compulsive symptoms have known medical therapies directed at helping them. Using these medications can often make Aspergers symptoms more tolerable and increases the functioning of the individual who is experiencing it.

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 COMMENTS:

•    Anonymous said... Mine has both. Diagnosed about 5 years with ADHD and with Aspergers when he was 8.
•    Anonymous said... Mine was diagnosed with Aspergers, then they mentioned he also has ADHD.
•    Anonymous said... My 11 yr old grandson was diagnosed bipolar when he was 3 & as Aspergers in elementary school.
•    Anonymous said... My 7 year old son has ADHD and Asperger's and according to his neurologist this is very common.
•    Anonymous said... My son also has anxiety and depression disorders to deal with, which are getting markedly worse with puberty.
•    Anonymous said... My son has adhd and Aspergers
•    Anonymous said... My son has been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and Asperger's. I have also noticed a worsening now that he is 10.
•    Anonymous said... my son was diagnosed with ADHD at 7 and Aspergers at 11 sometimes I think you can spot when things arent straight forward not that things are ever straight forward with any condition as such, i just mean there can be extra behaviours that can point to other conditions like Aspergers
•    Anonymous said... My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age five and Aspergers at age seven.
•    Anonymous said... My take (based on my experience) is depression is more of a causality of the conditions these kids must deal with, and not a direct chemical disorder in the brain(the conventional cause of depression). I wasn't diagnosed with ADD until college, and never formerly diagnosed with aspergers, but have and show many of the traits. Depression was a result of my inability to properly socialize with others. Left unabated it leads to apathy, and was only abated by my family's strong support.
•    Anonymous said... My take on this is that Asperger/autism (ASD) is the primary neurologic condition, and that these other diagnoses are just symptom clusters that frequently appear in people with ASD. That said, treating the symptoms can help overall function so in that way it's helpful/sensical to have another diagnosis. But it's not a new "disorder."
•    Anonymous said... Technically, according to the DSM, you can't be diagnosed with ADHD and a spectrum disorder on Axis 1, although some psychologists do it. It is a tough call for some evaluators because ADHD symptoms definitely are often seen with Autism. Paired with social isolation,or self-stimming behaviors, the default diagnosis is the spectrum disorder.
•    Anonymous said... Yes. Depression... and my kiddo too is getting worse with puberty. They diagnosed him with apraxia to explain his speech slowness, I took him in for ADD testing in 4th grade and that's when they finally diagnosed him with Asperger's... which explained ALL of the observations I'd had... and yes Kristina, it's getting worse, or at least different, with puberty...
•    Anonymous said... Yes... ADHD then Aspergers then Sensory Integration.


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28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mine has several other dxs. Kinda makes it hard too.

Anonymous said...

Dylan has adhd and aspergers. Makes life even more interesting. The symptoms overlap. The concerta works to control the adhd but unfortunately there is no meds for the aspergers. So we just take everyday as it is.

Anonymous said...

Yes they go hand in hand, all neuro. We have ADHD, sensory processing disorder and PDD-NOS

Anonymous said...

Yes they go hand in hand, all neuro. We have ADHD, sensory processing disorder and PDD-NOS

Anonymous said...

Hello friends !!! I'm so excited to hear that other people live in my world, my son has are you ready???? ADHD, Epilepsy and Aspergers so we are a walking medicine cabinet, we take life one day at a time and alot of hills and mountains, please guys if you know of any more site please pass them on to me and friend me as well.

Anonymous said...

My daughter was just diagnosed with Asperger's and ADHD...She is turning 5 in a few months. She also has SPD. Seems like a lot of us are in the same boat.

Anonymous said...

my son has aspergers and ADHD.

Anonymous said...

My son is Aspergers with ADD and, now that he's started school, we've picked up dyslexia. He's such a star though and we just take each day as it comes :)

Anonymous said...

My foster (soon to be adopted) son has aspergers, adhd, ptsd, fas, and rad.... And we love him with all his little quirks :-)

Anonymous said...

I have been convinced that my son only had ADHD. Now doing a lot of research and talking with psychologists, it is clear my son is also asperger's. School has been telling me this for two years and I have flatly denied it. Unfortunately, taking some time to visit the school during recess hours and watching my son on the playground has convinced me otherwise.

Anonymous said...

My daughter has OCD ADHD anxiety and Aspergers --- fun times

Anonymous said...

Love my grandson with all his quirks he is a special wee boy ♥

Anonymous said...

My son Julian has adhd, aspergers traits and sensory issues.

Anonymous said...

My grandson was diagnosed with ADHD at age 5. However he never responded to meds. Finally three years ago a new evaluation by a different doctor showed he had High Functionly austism and aspergers.

Anonymous said...

I have been convinced my son only had adhd for the last two years and have completely denied the schools claims of autism. Now having seen his quirks out on the playground at school I am certain he is aspergers. Awaiting school evaluation but personal psychologist who doesn't dwell on "labels" says he has it.

Anonymous said...

My son's 10 and has been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, dyslexia and moderate learning difficulties!

Anonymous said...

My daughter is going on 13, has Tourette syn and Aspergers's with a P.D.A (Pathological Demand Avoidance syn) profile

Anonymous said...

My daughter has been recently (finally) diagnosed w/ Aspergers. She has attention, anxiety and sensory processing issues as well. The meltdowns are fewer now that we understand how to help prevent them (and manage the meltdowns when we can't). We make accomodations for the tactile, sound and food issues with pretty good success now. We have to deal with others thinking that we are babying her but it's a small price to pay to keep our daughter healthy and happy. They never see the meltdowns so they don't know what it's like!
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Anonymous said...

My aspie is ADHD too...we've found that his ADHD medicine has really helped his Aspie symptoms (perseverating, eye contact)

Anonymous said...

my youngest son is a carbon copy of your daughter! and my oldest has Aspergers with ADHD, ODD, OCD and probably something else I have forgotten. SO yes, it's quite common

Anonymous said...

Well....I thought I was alone but alas...I am not! Oldest son is 12 years old with Asperger's, ADHD, OCD and ODD. Anyone else struggle with kids who adamantly refuse any treatment? Just getting him to take homeopathic meds is an absolute nightmare because of his anxiety and paranoia. I am a child psych major and I am at a loss. :/

Anonymous said...

My daughter has aspergers,ADHD,and anxiety disorder

Anonymous said...

My son has just been diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers. Now his ADHD is under control the Aspergers is more obvious but the ADHD meds have really helped, far fewer meltdowns and less anxiety/sensory issues.

Anonymous said...

my husband has aspergers/a,d,h,d and o,c,d,,youngest child has aspergers and o,c,d, and oldest has aspergers and serious mental health problems,aspergers rarely comes alone,

Anonymous said...

What is sensory processing disorder?

Anonymous said...

my husband has aspergers/a,d,h,d and o,c,d,,youngest child has aspergers and o,c,d, and oldest has aspergers and serious mental health problems,aspergers rarely comes alone.

Anonymous said...

My son has sensory issues too.

tiffanyk said...

Three A's here. Asperger's ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder so far...probably LD when he's older...

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the Aspergers child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually. Thus, the best treatment for Aspergers children and teens is, without a doubt, “social skills training.”

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Aspergers Children

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But...

Don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

If your child suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, expect him to experience both minor and major meltdowns over incidents that are part of daily life. He may have a major meltdown over a very small incident, or may experience a minor meltdown over something that is major. There is no way of telling how he is going to react about certain situations. However, there are many ways to help your child learn to control his emotions.

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Parenting Defiant Aspergers Teens

Although Aspergers is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager with Aspergers are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the Aspergers teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

The standard disciplinary techniques that are recommended for “typical” teenagers do not take into account the many issues facing a child with a neurological disorder. Violent rages, self-injury, isolation-seeking tendencies and communication problems that arise due to auditory and sensory issues are just some of the behaviors that parents of teens with Aspergers will have to learn to control.

Parents need to come up with a consistent disciplinary plan ahead of time, and then present a united front and continually review their strategies for potential changes and improvements as the Aspergers teen develops and matures.

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Aspergers Children “Block-Out” Their Emotions

Parenting children with Aspergers can be a daunting task. In layman’s terms, Aspergers is a developmental disability that affects the way children develop and understand the world around them, and is directly linked to their senses and sensory processing. This means they often use certain behaviors to block out their emotions or response to pain.

Although they may vary slightly from person to person, children with Aspergers tend to have similar symptoms, the main ones being:

=> A need to know when everything is happening in order not to feel completely overwhelmed
=> A rigid insistence on routine (where any change can cause an emotional and physiological meltdown)
=> Difficulties with social functioning, particularly in the rough and tumble of a school environment
=> Obsessive interests, with a focus on one subject to the exclusion of all others
=> Sensory issues, where they are oversensitive to bright light, loud sounds and unpleasant smells
=> Social isolation and struggles to make friends due to a lack of empathy, and an inability to pick up on or understand social graces and cues (such as stopping talking and allowing others to speak)

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children With Aspergers Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent?

Parents of teens with Aspergers face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

Parents face issues such as college preparation, vocational training, teaching independent living, and providing lifetime financial support for their child, if necessary. Meanwhile, their immature Aspergers teenager is often indifferent – and even hostile – to these concerns.

As you were raising your child, you imagined how he would be when he grew up. Maybe you envisioned him going to college, learning a skilled traded, getting a good job, or beginning his own family. But now that (once clear) vision may be dashed. You may be grieving the loss of the child you wish you had.

If you have an older teenager with Aspergers who has no clue where he is going in life, or if you have an “adult-child” with Aspergers still living at home (in his early 20s or beyond), here are the steps you will need to take in order to foster the development of self-reliance in this child.

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