I have Aspergers and ADD. When I read autobiographies (most of all by female aspergers) I often think that they have actually at least a mild form of ADD or ADHD, too.

A German doctor (Dr. Helga Simchen) wrote she thinks that Asperger Syndrome should rather be on the AD(H)S spectrum than on the autism spectrum. My personal opinion is: no. They're nevertheless different things.

But what is the current scientific standpoint about AS and AD(H)S?

  • $\begingroup$ Hi Aspergirl, welcome at CogSci and what an interesting first question. If you don't mind I did slightly rephrase the question as to focus less on opinions; opinion-based questions are tended to be closed here namely. $\endgroup$ Aug 20, 2016 at 22:16

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There is a significant overlap between symptoms of classic Autism, Asperger syndrome, AD(H)D and OCD.

The following graph gives a good overview of how they are correlated at the behavioral and sensory level:

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Further reading

  • $\begingroup$ Hi John, that's a really nice answer. However, it's a shame there are no direct scientific references on the website, which we could refer to. Adding some to your post would greatly increase the quality of your post and will definitely be appreciated by other CogSci members. $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2016 at 12:30
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    $\begingroup$ @RobinKramer : I added a couple of sources that address the differences and overlap between Autism & ADHD. $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2016 at 12:45

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