At last, long-awaited answers to the questions you’ve been asking. Help for frustrated ADHD patients and their families. (As well as those with autism, PDD, Asperger’s syndrome, and other related conditions.)
Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is one of the most rapidly growing diagnoses of our generation. Often the diagnosis fails to provide real help, leaving patients, doctors, and families at a loss to know what to do next. But for the first time ever, new insights into the overwhelming number of similarities between Autism and ADHD are giving those with ADHD genuine hope.
For years, the label of Autism has carried a negative connotation. Parents were afraid to admit the diagnosis and banished the term from discussion. Finally, The ADHD-Autism Connection gives parents, educators, and doctors a reason to embrace autism with a renewed sense of hope and understanding. This book will show how these understandings can minimize the frustration, misdiagnoses, and misunderstandings ADHD sufferers and their families face.
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|Release Date: 01-21-2009|
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The ADHD-Autism Connection
Chapter OneA Mother's Mission
What's the Big Deal About This "Connection"?
The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking
new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
I live in a laboratory. My three children are walking, talking examples of the fascinating yet little-known ways that attention deficit disorders (ADHD) and autism are related.
ADHD is classified with disruptive behavior disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Text Revision, 2000, which I'll refer to in these pages as the DSM-IV-TR. Although ADHD is considered the leading developmental disorder of childhood, it is the most controversial and misunderstood of all psychiatric disorders. "No mental disability this decade has been assailed by as much criticism, skepticism and flat out mockery as ADHD," said Matthew Cohen, president of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD). Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of children and adults are diagnosed with this disorder each year.
As for autism, researchers and physicians currently use the term "pervasive developmental disorder" (PDD) to refer to a group of related disorders that includes autism, Asperger's syndrome (also called "Asperger syndrome" or "Asperger's disorder"), and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). These disorders are broadly categorized as pervasive developmental disorders because they manifest in a child's social, communication, and behavioral development.
It is a considerable advancement in autism awareness that Asperger's syn...