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04-10-14, 07:11 PM
yea that was obvious

i wonder what the diathesis is

"Shared familial transmission of autism spectrum and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders." (
by Musser et al., in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

To determine whether familial transmission is shared between autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, we assessed the prevalence, rates of comorbidity, and familial transmission of both disorders in a large population-based sample of children during a recent 7 year period.


Study participants included all children born to parents with the Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) Health Plan between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2004 (n = 35,073). Children and mothers with physician-identified autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were identified via electronic medical records maintained for all KPNW members.


Among children aged 6-12 years, prevalence was 2.0% for ADHD and 0.8% for ASD; within those groups, 0.2% of the full sample (19% of the ASD sample and 9.6% of the ADHD sample) had co-occurring ASD and ADHD, when all children were included. When mothers had a diagnosis of ADHD, first born offspring were at 6-fold risk of ADHD alone (OR = 5.02, p < .0001) and at 2.5-fold risk of ASD alone (OR = 2.52, p < .01). Results were not accounted for by maternal age, child gestational age, child gender, and child race.


Autism spectrum disorders shares familial transmission with ADHD. ADHD and ASD have a partially overlapping diathesis.

04-10-14, 07:43 PM
Yep, I've been saying this for nearly 7 years.

I think the diathesis is genetic.

04-10-14, 08:05 PM
yea diathesis is genetic predisposition

from the common diathesis/stress model of illness

i meant i wonder what it is, sensitivity ? emotional and sensory?

04-10-14, 08:46 PM
It may be different mixes of each of those thing for each person.

For me, sensory issues play into it, causing stress and making me emotional.

Allergies also, rather than causing watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing,

allergies to scents makes me really emotional.

And I'm really sensitive to what people say to me, and how they say it ...

or whether they allow me a chance to say anything myself.