But ADHD in particular is one of those things you find floating in a lot of families' alphabet soups. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders either have full-blown ADHD or exhibit some ADHD symptoms. That's, um, a lot.
And yet the
Yeah. So half of children with autism have ADHD, but (psych!) they really don't, because apparently you can't have both. Even when you have both. This kind of thing is one of the many, many reasons that I'm going stark. raving. mad.
The exciting news on this front -- and oh yes, I'm so excited I could pee -- is that
As far as I'm aware, none of our kids has ADHD. There's something floating around on the Internet about a new type of ADHD called "over-focused" ADHD, which makes total sense to me until I remember that over means too much and deficit means not enough, and so it makes no sense at all. It's like saying my extra pounds are caused by overly-chunky cookie deficit disorder, when in fact my extra pounds are caused by overly-cookie exercise deficit disorder.
Obviously, I should totally help those guys write the new DSM. Some conditions that I would include would be:
- Odor Detection Deficit Disorder. Diagnostic Criteria: Does not notice that a child needs a new diaper until spouse announces loudly, "Honey, Junior has a little present for you."
- Juvenile Morning Confusion Syndrome. Diagnostic Criteria: This syndrome is present when a child must be dragged whining and moaning out of bed on school mornings but bounces out of bed at the crack. of. dawn. on Saturdays.
- Laundry Avoidance Disorder. Diagnostic Criteria: Must have at least two of the following: six loads of unwashed laundry (unsorted); two loads of clean laundry (unfolded); one load of laundry that has been washed and re-washed because you forgot to put it in the dryer and it went sour and you need to wash it again; and/or you have bought new underwear in order to put off doing laundry for another day.
- Cheap Weasel Syndrome. Diagnostic Criteria: Are you a medical insurance company?
Is it weird that I find Tony Shalhoub's Monk character totally charming? He makes me feel like Little Dude will have all kinds of career options.
Those of you dealing with ADHD, my heart goes out to you. I'll join you for a bowl of alphabet soup.