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Biggest Similarities and Differences of Autism and ADHD


Autism and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects millions of Americans – in fact, recent numbers from the Autism Society indicate more than 3.5-million citizens in the country are on the autism spectrum, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says more than 6.1-million Americans aged 2 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Both conditions can affect the patient into adulthood, and they share certain characteristics that can make them difficult to distinguish. However, there are also distinct differences. Let’s take a look 14 markers that autism and ADHD have in common, including some other signs they don’t share…

1. Defining Autism

Healthline.com says autism, more accurately referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a childhood condition (neurodevelopmental) that can disrupt behavior and communication.

The “group of complex disorders” affects boys at a rate of 4.5 to 1 compared to girls, it adds. The number of overall diagnosed cases is also on the rise, it adds.

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