ADHD VS Autism

Psychology Facts / Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Autism meltdownMental health is crucial for well-being. In this generation of technological marvels, we are distracted by so many objects that fight for our attention.

Studies show that 1 in 4 people suffered some form of mental illness. In many cases, people may live their whole life without getting diagnosed at all.

Awareness towards mental health is of paramount importance. It allows you to understand the person suffering. You may not realize this but a close friend, a colleague or maybe a family member is suffering from one of these ailments.

It is important that you approach them with support and understanding as human bonding is the strongest medicine in existence. Though both  Autism and ADHD may co-exist in a person. They are different conditions.


ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is not a spectrum-based disorder. It’s a biological condition which affects concentration, attention span and impulsiveness.

ADHD Symptoms

  • Daydreaming, forgetfulness, easily
  • Appears to not pay attention to what is
    being said
  • Trouble following directions
  • Facing struggles with organization and
    completion of tasks
  • Trouble in staying focused on task
    depending on the enjoyment the activity provides
  • Gap in social skills
  • Sitting still and idle during meals or
    schoolwork is difficult
  • Lacking in patience
  • Fidgeting or constantly moving
  • Interrupting other people. Saying
    inappropriate things
  • Lacks awareness to non-verbal cues
  • Impulsive actions without thinking about
  • Overreaction to sensory input
  • Plays unfair, undertaking physical

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism produces a range of
symptoms which can cause varied levels of struggles in children and adults. It
is caused by conditions linked to neural-development. This results in problems
which communicating, thinking and social skills.

Autism (ASD) Symptoms

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Avoiding physical contact
  • Meltdown-prone due to problems in
    processing sensory input.
  • Frustration, communication problems and
    anxiety due to meltdown
  • Changes in routine are upsetting
  • Problems in developing social skills
  • Excessive body movements to cater
  • Obsession with interests as well as
  • Fidgeting or constantly moving
  • Strong verbal skills but lack of
    non-verbal cues
  • Struggles with expressing their feelings
    and comprehending other’s feelings
  • Strong reaction to sensory input due to
    processing issues
  • Trouble complying with physical-safety
    and danger related situations

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