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adhd vs aspergers

Posted by on Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM
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my oldest dd has hyperactivity issues and was diagnosed with adhd. shes been on focalin for 3 months now? at first, we noticed improvement but after about a month, month and a half, she started showing the same symptoms. when she went for her refill appt, i brought it to the doctors attn and they said they would try increasing the dose to see if that works but would not increase again.

i've wondered in the back of my head for a long time if maybe it's aspergers. in reading about it, i find myself thinking, "this is my daughter, spot on." however, i know it's commonly misdiagnosed as adhd.

i dont wanna go into the doctor sounding like an idiot but i really wanna know what i can do to help her. it was hell enough getting the doctors to take me seriously in the first place and try the adhd meds. i'm wondering if maybe i should take her back to depelchen (psychiatrist) and ask their opinion on the subject.


have yall had similar experiences with this? if so, what did you do? i need advice!

by on Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM
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shunnicutt
by on Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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I would take her to the psychiatrist and speak up, for sure.  My shrink was treating me for depression and anxiety when I brought up ADHD and she was very open to my opinions and after testing, we finally got my meds and treatment plan right.  Speak up, if your doctors don't like it, they aren't being a good resource to you and you can always find a new doctor!  Remember, they work for you, not the other way around, regardless of how they make you feel!

hopeful_leslie
by on Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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Honey you can never take your child to the dr and sound like an idiot, you know your child better then anyone else does.. My dh oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD and went through the same issues your family is going through. He took his son back with the same concern you have and sure enough he was diagnosed with Aspergers.. Definitely follow your gut feeling sweetie
cheribabii831
by on Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM

it took me 3 doctors, 1 eci testing with the public school, and 5 teachers to get anyone to take me seriously with the thought of her possibly having adhd. the doctors wouldnt even do any sort of testing or point me in any direction of anyone that could help. finally, i was able to get them to give me a vanderbilt form to have the teacher fill out and then they realized there was some sort of issue. i was told that i should just take a parenting class. it was really frustrating

Quoting shunnicutt:

I would take her to the psychiatrist and speak up, for sure.  My shrink was treating me for depression and anxiety when I brought up ADHD and she was very open to my opinions and after testing, we finally got my meds and treatment plan right.  Speak up, if your doctors don't like it, they aren't being a good resource to you and you can always find a new doctor!  Remember, they work for you, not the other way around, regardless of how they make you feel!


lady_katie
by on Aug. 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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When I was a child, I had a teacher recommend I be tested for ADHD (my parents ignored her advice), and 20 years later I was finally correctly diagnosed with aspergers. It's not uncommon for ASDs to be misdiagnosed as ADHD. It's also not uncommon for the two disorders to occur together.
cheribabii831
by on Aug. 10, 2014 at 3:23 PM

how do i make the doctors take me seriously though. i know they see im a young(er) mother and automatically assume idk what im doing as a parent, but i kinda have 3 kids and my 4 year old doesnt have any of these same issues so im pretty confident its not anything wrong with my parenting. not to mention, everything they advise for structure, discipline, and consistency has already been done

Quoting hopeful_leslie: Honey you can never take your child to the dr and sound like an idiot, you know your child better then anyone else does.. My dh oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD and went through the same issues your family is going through. He took his son back with the same concern you have and sure enough he was diagnosed with Aspergers.. Definitely follow your gut feeling sweetie


Nickie76
by Member on Aug. 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Stick to it!!! I'm 37 and was diagnosed w/ ADHD @ 3 and what I deal w/ goes above and beyond. I was diagnosed ASD 6 mos. ago!
darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 11, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Welcome and good luck mama!  I don't have experience with that but wanted to wish you the best:)

TheJerseyGirl
by on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:50 AM

No one doctor diagnoses the same. D's doesnt believe ADHD and ASD are the same, but will diagnose the two together.

lucasmadre
by Kari on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:56 AM

My first pediatrician said I was a nervous first time mom and made fun of me thinking my son was on the spectrum. It turns out that he has aspergers, if he had gotten help earlier on would he be farther along? I don't know. 

I believe no one knows our kids like we do. If you think it is more than adhd then take her to be evaluated with a neurologist. Medication can help but I don't believe it is the first step. The first step is finding out what is really going on with her and a specialist will help you do that. Good luck, I remember how scary this is, I was a wreck and I still have my days but knowing is always better than not knowing. Follow your heart.  xo

jadedcynic
by on Aug. 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM

I was diagnosed with full blown autism as a baby, but they abandoned that diagnosis when I started talking (late but complete sentences right away). In school I had trouble and was sent for testing. I was on Ritalin for years before my mom finally asked me if I felt it helped (it didn't) and if i felt I needed it (I didn't). I was taken off and there was absolutely no change either way. Later in my teens they finally determined it was Asperger's.

Years later, when I was having issues with my son we went through a similar arc. Finally at 12 a psychiatrist actually listened to all of his symptoms and said "It sounds like he has Aspergers" (Exactly what I believed he had). Since then we have been able to adapt his work to fit him and teach him behaviors that he can use to cope with different situations.


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