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Social Deficits, ADHD vs ASD

At what point are social deficits not considered "ADHD" but "ASD"?

I know I have ADHD. I suspect I may have ASD, too, but since I don't fit the textbook definition, I don't know. But I've always struggled with social situations (though the ADHD kid/teen I was never picked up on the struggle despite the damage that was done). ADHD has social deficits, but to me, now that I've been diagnosed with ADHD and gone through therapy, I feel like my social challenges have well exceeded that which ADHDers experience. Unfortunately I haven't found many articles about this, so I may still be within the realm of ADHD.

I'm not providing specific examples or anything because I'm not asking for a diagnosis. I am just curious about the topic - any insight (especially further reading) would be appreciated. You're welcome to ask me for more information, though.
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Re: Social Deficits, ADHD vs ASD

Yes, I often wonder about this a lot, myself. I also suspect having Asperger's but it would be an atypical presentation; not bright, not overfocused (the opposite), poor logical thinking, poor math skills, etc.

But I still tick the boxes for the major traits, in my opinion anyway. Those being a need for sameness/routines/rituals; idiosyncratic language; social difficulties.

It would be nice to know what causes what. The other question is if inattentive ADHD can be bad enough (my inattention is severe to say the least) to mimic some elements of autism. This is really just a very confusing thing.
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Re: Social Deficits, ADHD vs ASD

I can understand the desire to want to figure all of this out, but I am wondering, if you are not interested in a diagnosis, why the label really matters. Have you considered being evaluated by a speech-language pathologist, who has training in social cognition or social pragmatics? This may help identify your specific social weaknesses and may help develop a treatment plan to improve them. Even if you don't know the origin, you can still grow and develop your weaknesses.
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