Let’s talk tonight about ADHD & ASD. The focus of tonight’s discussion is about the connections and differences between these pathologies, and the significant changes in diagnoses and treatment in the last couple of decades, and how that has affected those who may have one or more of these pathologies, as well as the professionals who help and treat them.
According to some clinicians in the field, there has been a recent noted uptick in ASD diagnoses, while ADHD is becoming less common, and we will examine potential explanations for this (could it be better understanding of either or both, and a change in category for patients?).
Additionally, recent changes in terminology and diagnostic criteria don’t appear to have permeated common culture yet, or are not universal yet, so we will be covering this as well, so that our listeners will be more informed, especially if they wonder whether these diagnoses could apply to themselves or a loved one or family member, and if they should seek professional help.
We will first define and explain each of these terms, and a couple of other relevant ones. Then, we will talk about their shared histories and differences, as well as common misconceptions and professional points of contention, and last we will cover how this affects diagnoses and treatment.
Please note that some points raised tonight are points of hot debate in professional or patient communities, or both. These debate is heated enough to where I feel compelled to remind our listeners of this multiple times this evening.
Before we begin tonight’s topic discussion, let’s take a moment for “The Rock & Roll Shrink Recalls,” a moment of rock music trivia stories, as recounted by Dr. Mathis.