ADHD and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental conditions that frequently co-occur. Although twin studies suggest that there are shared genetic influences that lead to both, researchers have yet to find a clearly identifiable neurological reason for these to exist together.
Nonetheless, the overlap is significant:
ADHD is present in 30–80% of individuals with ASD.
ASD is present in 20–50% of individuals with ADHD.
The main areas of neurological overlap for ASD and ADHD are in following four areas:
face processing and
Furthermore, people with ADHD and ASD are often considered to have a lack of concern or inability to react to emotions or feelings of others.
Please talk to our therapist to help you explore a possible dual assessment as well as therapeutic support so you can work to improve your coping skills when your ASD and/or ADHD get in the way of living your best life.