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The co-occurrence of autism spectrum disorder in children with ADHD
  • Published Date:
    June 14 2017
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    J Atten Disord. 24(1):94-103
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    J Atten Disord
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    Objective Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently present with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptomatology, yet there is a notable gap in the treatment needs of this sub-population, including whether the presence of ASD may be associated with more severe ADHD symptoms. Method Data from the 2014 National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD and Tourette Syndrome (n=2,464) was used to compare children diagnosed with ADHD and ASD to children with ADHD, but not ASD. Children were classified as needing treatment if it was received or their parents reported it was needed, but not received. Results Approximately 1-in-8 children currently diagnosed with ADHD were also diagnosed with ASD. Children diagnosed with both disorders had greater treatment needs, more co-occurring conditions, and were more likely to have a combined hyperactive/impulsive and inattentive ADHD subtype. Conclusions These findings highlight the complexity of children diagnosed with both ADHD and ASD.
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