A Parent’s Guide to the Medical Treatment of ADHD when there is also Autism or Asperger’s syndrome. A Talk by Dr Edward Aull
It is felt that 35 to 85% of patients with autism spectrum disorder have ADHD symptoms that will require medication treatment. However, those patients incur more side effects and may have less positive effects than those patients with just ADHD. Dr Aull will discuss the medical reasons why treatment is problematic and what can be done to overcome them. He will discuss the use of medications such as SSRI’s along with stimulants to manage the anxiety that may be exaggerated by the usage of stimulant medications. He will discuss the use of atypical-antipsychotics which may augment the effects of the SSRI’s for treating anxiety; however, they are typically utilized to improve other symptoms in the patient, such as aggression and anger. The discussion will be mostly directed toward medication management but he will also discuss how some responses to medication should lead one to consider a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder in a patient thought to have just ADHD. There will be time for questions and answers.
Dr Edward Aull
and patients with autism spectrum disorders since the eighties. He has spoken at seventeen CHADD
international conferences and is due to speak this year. Most topics have been centered on the
treatment of ADHD symptoms in patients with anxiety disorders and especially autism spectrum
disorders. He has spoken at one Autism Society of America conference, and a MAAP (most able autistic
persons) conference. He spoke at the 2013 ADDISS conference and published a book entitled; “ The
Parents Guide to the Medical World of Autism”.
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ADDISS is the national ADHD charity providing information, training and support to parents, patients and professionals.