Misdiagnosis as ADD and or mild autism?

by Michelle Hammons
(Toledo, Ohio)

I am recognizing so many of these in myself(possibly misdiagnosed BPD), my children, 3 diagnosed ADD, one of which also low spectrum autism. Also my sister's children, a constant battle of "behavior problems". I learned to overcome alot of my quirks just to be normal. Rather than wear clothes inside out to avoid the seams, I just figured that I couldnt avoid it and learned to deal with it. Although I still can't stand most sweaters and turtlenecks and any particularly rough seams/fabric. Can't wear hosiery for too long, hot and itchy even in winter. Light,sound, certain textures I avoid. I have had home decorating disputes with roommates/spouse because I can't bear all one color but also cant stand it "too busy", too many colors.


Is it normal to exhibit two ends of spectrum like that, I can't stand too much silence(leading to sleep problems) also too much sound freaks me out. Alot of these 'quirks' I see in my kids, too. Foods too, certain textures I can't stand, although I have learned to appear normal. I forced myself to be able to make eye contact, and small talk as I reached adulthood. I have a great need for physical contact, almost constantly(leading to rejection, marital problems). But as a child I feared and avoided being touched by anybody outside of my immediate family. Well I may have to talk to a doc about the kids, anyway. See what happens.

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Dec 29, 2012
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MAYBE A TOUCH OF BOTH ADD AND SPD
by: MICHELE

My daughter use to exhaust me. When she was 2 1/2 I took her to a psychietrist and begged for help. After a few realy bad experiences with different ADD medications, she was given a nonstimulent called intutiv and diagnosed with SPD. My daughter is now eight and responds well to the medication. She also goes to OT two times a week and talks to a counselor twice a month. The school as been great and use a number of tools to help. ect...(a weighted vest, a chewy neckless, and stretchy braclet). Exploring all your options is the best way to get a proper diagnosis. A child with ADD usually has another diagnosis. ADD and ADHD rarely travel alone.

Oct 18, 2012
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You are on the right track
by: Anonymous

I just met with a therapist earlier this week to discuss my 9yr old son. She went through a series of questions and then explained SPD to us. She said it has a lot of the same signs as ADD and is often misdiagnosed as ADD. She said the kids that are misdiagnosed are the ones who are put on the medication for ADD and seem to have a lot of side effects. She believes in training for ADD and for SPD and told us that as the child grows they develop ways to deal with the SPC (or lack of filters) just as you have said you did.

Sep 18, 2012
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RE: MISDIAGNOSIS
by: Anonymous

Hello. I am a mother to a two year old boy diagnosed with autism. There are lots of SPD issues with him that i begun to look back on how i was growing up. I suddenly understood the time i had to force myself to look at people because they criticize me for not looking at them when they talk, i also have food texture issues which i was forced to resolve because i would receive a spanking from my parents until i was forced to eat. I am beginning to wonder if i have mild autism too. I keep a certain distance when i talk to people and i hate it when they want me to be close to them because their voice seems like booming to my ears. I wasn't able to marry my husband because he had a hard time getting close to me too. He said he had to work hard for me to trust him to get close to me. I laughed at that. But now i wonder with my son who also doesn't like to be kissed and hugged. Good luck on your journey. Please share to us any more news about you.

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