Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder And Autism Spectrum Disorder

745 Words Nov 21st, 2015 3 Pages
What is Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is defined as difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity), whereas ASD or Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by: persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Symptoms of ASD must be present in the early developmental period typically recognized in the first two years of life and, symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning. ADHD is characterized within three subtypes (Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, Predominantly inattentive, Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive) the average age of onset is around 7 years old. The subtypes for ADHD are listed as showing six or more symptoms are in the hyperactivity-impulsivity categories, majority of symptoms are in the inattention category, and having six or more symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity is called combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Like many other illnesses, ADHD probably results from a combination of factors. In addition to genetics (ASD), research suggests that both genes and…

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