Autism/ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a condition with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The symptoms differ from person to person. ADHD was formerly called ADD, or attention deficit disorder. Both children and adults can have ADHD, but the symptoms always begin in childhood. Adults with ADHD may have trouble managing time, being organized, setting goals, and holding down a job.

Causes


   a heartbreak (divorce of parents, death of a pet, moving from the childhood home)

   a fright (locked in a car trunk, or almost killed in a car accident)

   changing schools

   difficult delivery when being born, sometimes with a trauma to the head from the use of forceps or suction, sometimes with temporary lack of oxygen

   the long term effects of an operation, because of sensitivity to anesthesia

   severe diarrhea with dehydration

   recurrent antibiotic intake

   the death of a family member

Autism/ADHD children into four major groups, which I will call the Support-Needy, the Stimulation/Excitement Seekers, the Destructive ones, and the Changeable/Restless.

Over stimulation, the ones looking for Excitement

    suspicious and jealous; quarrelsome with tendency to harm others and cruelty to animals; sometimes exaggerated, pathological love for animals (it is the only being they bestow their attention on)

   lack of affection, anger from trifles

   can’t sit still doing his homework, restless legs while sitting, tapping with his pencil while sitting; sitting still in a classroom is like a bird being in a cage; they need to interrupt the teacher, calling out answers when not asked

   rudeness and mischievousness

  absent minded: loses thread of conversation, loss of short-term memory, inattention, easily distracted by slightest diversion, is in a constant brain fag

   best time to do their mental work is the evening (8 p.m. till 3 a.m.), unfortunately that’s when they come ‘alive’ for other things too: they love the night life and go to the extreme of switching the day life to the night life; of course then they are exhausted the next day in school

   tendency to conceal things, lies easily, boasts all the time; conceals ‘parts’ of the real him: his performances at school, athletic performances, successes with the opposite sex, etc., he exaggerates the extent of them

   loves and needs company: the more people, the better; has no problems to get acquainted with strangers, people are very charmed by the psychotic child who is full of tricks and inventiveness

   loves to hang out with a bunch of his friends, looking for mischievous things to do, looking for the next short-living thrill; they are dare-devils, taking risks just to look good with their friends; they incite others to do the same daring deeds; they love films with high speed, stunts, guns; they rather live a short life full of excitement than a long ‘boring’ life

   jealousy can be outspoken: towards friends, younger siblings, the success other children have at school, towards the ‘jocks’ at school

   children with colic from birth on

   impatient, wants things now, can’t take no for an answer

    will do anything to get the attention of others: bright clothes, orange hair, tattoos, rings through the nose, flaunting their bodies with tight jeans, miniskirts, bare midriffs; they love to ‘shock’ people and their parents

   mind on sexual organs, preoccupation with sexuality

   great physical stamina when excited by things he is doing: sports, dancing, playing music; otherwise complains about feeling too fatigued to do his homework upon returning from school; but feels great again in the evening

   mental and physical restless sleep

   suspicious, mean, selfish

   suicidal tendency in the heat of the passion (‘no one understands me,’ two friends committing suicide together


Behaviour Patterns

The Support-Needy Ones

   hypersensitive to environmental factors

   moody (anger and tears) and impressionable

   lazy and apathetic, day dreamers

   inconsistent thoughts, cannot materialize what he thinks (theorizing), thoughts come too fast, they cannot stay put in one channel

   fictious thoughts, builds castles in the air

   inability to concentrate, weakness of memory

   slow learners, need to ‘mull’ things over; it leads to being perceived as ‘dumb’, even by the child himself

   passionate indulgence to achieve unnecessary objects with mental restlessness

   easily fatigued, mentally and physically with a desire to lie down

   complain they want to do something but they don’t know what

   anxieties and phobias in children: fear of darkness, being alone, animals, going to school, fear of failure in school, fear of being laughed at

   aversion to be in company of strangers, crowds; likes to be one-on-one, being with his one ‘best’ friend or would rather play by himself

   chronic worriers: about leaving home, coming too late at school, not performing well at school, about the welfare of their parents, sensitive about horrible things they see on TV, in the street (they are greatly disturbed by them)

   lack of discipline, untidy appearance

   very attached at the home, does not want to leave family to go to summer camp; cries when having to go to school, hangs on to the mother and looks for constant reassurance; invites friends to come play at his home, does not want to play at friend’s home unless it is in the immediate neighborhood

   when family splits (divorce), this child can feel lost and will join a gang, ‘just to belong’; or he suddenly changes his behavior from easy going to very volatile, even aggressive behavior (cursing, inappropriate sexual behavior, kicking,punching holes in the wall, etc.)

   when sick, is very clingy, wants constant reassurance, wants to be held or have mother at home

   loves playing in nature, in the woods, camping on an island, loves all kinds of animals and dogs are often their only friend

   cannot tolerate noise and crowded places

   lots of imagination

   standing in one place tortures him most, but dislikes exercise except being in the water (pool, ocean)

   very stubborn: can brood for hours, can throw temper tantrums when refused something

   likes to collect things: cards, memorabilia, ‘antiques,’ toys and dislikes to share them except with his best friend

   loves food in general, eats or snacks all the time; favorites are rich, creamy foods, ice cream, milk although it often disagrees, meat; chews on his pencil or as a baby eats sand at the beach

   timidity: in conversations, at parties, at school: they don’t like the attention drawn to them, don’t like to be looked at; avoid taking initiative, are always followers, never a leader even to the point of cowardice