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Adult ADHD and Autism Link: Symptoms and Treatment

Adult ADHD and Autism Link: Symptoms and Treatment

ADHD and autism spectrum disorder often overlap. Read more to learn about ADHD and autism symptoms, why it happens, and what it means for treatment options.

There is an overlap between ADHD and autism, although at first glance the conditions can appear to be opposites. According to stereotypes, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) concentrate too much and avoid overstimulation, while those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) lack focus and seek constant stimulation. However, there is a huge overlap between ASD and ADHD. As I’ve written about the connection between ADHD and trauma and ADHD and PMS, I’d like to discuss the link between ADHD and ASD.

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ADHD and Trauma Symptoms: How to Tell Them Apart and Treat Both

ADHD and Trauma Symptoms: How to Tell Them Apart and Treat Both

ADHD and trauma symptoms can be hard to tell apart. If you have one, might you have the other and not know it? Learn to distinguish between ADHD and trauma.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and trauma or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms can overlap, making the combination difficult to correctly diagnose or treat. The two conditions share certain symptoms and can be hard to distinguish. Sometimes PTSD exacerbates ADHD and ADHD slows recovery from PTSD. Though challenging, treating the combination of ADHD and trauma is not insurmountable.

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Why Do People with ADHD Have Problems Sleeping?

Why Do People with ADHD Have Problems Sleeping?

ADHD sleep problems-usually sleep deprivation-afflicts many with ADHD. Why do people with ADHD have problems sleeping? What can they do about it? Learn here.

People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to have problems sleeping, even though good sleep helps reduce ADHD symptoms. It’s a cycle—insomnia worsens the same adult ADHD symptoms that make it difficult to sleep. Why do people with ADHD frequently suffer from sleep deprivation, and is there anything we can do about it?

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Adult ADHD and How It Can’t Be Fixed

Adult ADHD and How It Can’t Be Fixed

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – it’s what I have and it’s what you either have or think you have, or what your loved one has or you think your loved one has. And, guess what? It can’t be cured. And guess what else? That’s okay. Also, you might ask, “Why can’t it be fixed? And, if it can’t be fixed, what the heck can you do about it?” The following is my argument for how best to approach the treatment and post-diagnosis-life of adult ADHD.

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Adult ADHD Year in Review

Adult ADHD Year in Review

Hello again, all! I’ve been writing the Living with Adult ADHD blog for a nearly a year and this seems, with the new year just around the corner, like a really good time to review what I/we have learned this year together. We’ve talked about some strategies to improve our attention span and decrease our anxiety. We’ve talked a bunch about adult ADHD medication – the good and the bad. We’ve talked about just how much time having Adult ADHD costs – needing to get prescriptions, fill them and invariably get distracted at some point during the process. We’ve had a great year together, I’d say!

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Adult ADHD and Decreasing Anxiety Using EFT

Adult ADHD and Decreasing Anxiety Using EFT

Ever wonder if tapping on your face could decrease your anxiety? Having Adult ADHD can be stressful and decreasing anxiety is always a good thing to strive for.

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Adult ADHD and Medication Options

Adult ADHD and Medication Options

I have been finding out all sorts of things as of late about Adult ADHD and medication options. Since I watched those lectures by Dr. Russell Barkley (read Adult ADHD as Not a Gift), I’ve been looking into a bunch of the things he talked about — and he definitely mentioned a lot about adult ADHD medications.  This post is going to be half-informative, half-information-seeking. I know the adult ADHD drugs I’ve taken in the past for this disorder and I have questions about some that I haven’t. Let’s get started!

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Adult ADHD and Brain Warm-Ups

Adult ADHD and Brain Warm-Ups

I am a sleepy monster. I slept 12 hours on Monday night. I slept 10 hours last night and I could totally take a nap right now. In fact, I might. Or, instead, I might do some warm-up activities to get my body centered, focused and excited all at the same time. I’m takin’ ’bout Brain Gym, y’all!

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Productivity and ADHD

Productivity and ADHD

Did you know that the answer to your productivity depends on the first 15 minutes of your day? Physically we know having breakfast in the morning is important to getting the right fuel to sustain our energy and metabolism throughout the day.  What we may not realize is that fueling our brain with what it needs to sustain focus and productivity is equally as important.  Similar to how we will grab and eat whatever is quickest when unplanned hunger strikes, we will grab aimlessly for something “to do” which may not be the most helpful or productive or valuable thing for us to focus on during the day.

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Tips and Tricks for Adult ADHD Conference Attendees

Tips and Tricks for Adult ADHD Conference Attendees

This month, I wanted to share some experiences about conferences!  I love conferences and look forward to the opportunities to travel around the country to enjoy some time with other ADHD coaches and entrepreneurs, increase awareness of ADHD challenges, and finally meet some of my long distance clients face-to-face. It’s sort of like the social season of 19th century London, when the movers and shakers gather together in the city for debutante balls, elaborate dinners and spectacular galas. They can be both exhilarating and exhausting.

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