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Psychiatria Danubina, Vol.25 No.2 June 2013. -

Background: Because adult ADHD is often accompanied by psychiatric comorbidities, the diagnostic process should include a

thorough investigation for comorbid disorders. Asperger-Syndrome is rarely reported in adult ADHD and commonly little attention

is paid to this possible comorbidity.

Subjects and methods: We investigated 53 adult ADHD-patients which visited our out patient clinic for first ADHD-diagnosis

17 females, 36 males; range of age: 18-56 years for the frequency of a comorbid Asperger-Syndrome. Diagnosis of this autismspectrum

disorder was confirmed by applying the appropriate DSM-IV-criteria. Additionally we tested the power of the two

screening-instruments -Autism-spectrum quotient- AQ and -Empathy quotient- EQ by Baron-Cohen for screening Asperger-

Syndrome in adult ADHD.

Results: Eight ADHD-patients were diagnosed with a comorbid Asperger-Syndrome 15.1%. The difference in AQ- and EQscores

between pure ADHD-patients and comorbid patients was analysed, showing significantly higher scores in AQ and significant

lower scores in EQ in comorbid patients.

Conclusions: Results show that the frequency of Asperger-Syndrome seems to be substantially increased in adult ADHD versus

the prevalence of 0.06% in the general population, indicating that investigators of adult ADHD should also be attentive to autismspectrum

disorders. Especially the AQ seems to be a potential screening instrument for Asperger-Syndrome in adult ADHD-patients.

ADHD - Asperger syndrome – comorbidity – autism-spectrum quotient AQ - empathy quotient EQ



Author: Mandy Roy - ; Department of Psychiatry, Social-Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School MHH, Hannover, Germany Marti

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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