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ASPERGER SYNDROME: A FREQUENT COMORBIDITY IN FIRST DIAGNOSED ADULT ADHD PATIENTS?

Mandy Roy ; Department of Psychiatry, Social-Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover, Germany
Martin D. Ohlmeier ; Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Noll-Hospital Klinikum Kassel, Kassel, Germany
Lasse Osterhagen ; Department of Psychiatry, Social-Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover, Germany
Vanessa Prox-Vagedes ; Department of Psychiatry, Social-Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover, Germany
Wolfgang Dillo ; Department of Psychiatry, Social-Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover, Germany

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APA 6th Edition
Roy, M., D. Ohlmeier, M., Osterhagen, L., Prox-Vagedes, V. & Dillo, W. (2013). ASPERGER SYNDROME: A FREQUENT COMORBIDITY IN FIRST DIAGNOSED ADULT ADHD PATIENTS?. Psychiatria Danubina, 25 (2), 0-141. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/161168
MLA 8th Edition
Roy, Mandy, et al. "ASPERGER SYNDROME: A FREQUENT COMORBIDITY IN FIRST DIAGNOSED ADULT ADHD PATIENTS?." Psychiatria Danubina, vol. 25, no. 2, 2013, pp. 0-141. https://hrcak.srce.hr/161168. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Roy, Mandy, Martin D. Ohlmeier, Lasse Osterhagen, Vanessa Prox-Vagedes and Wolfgang Dillo. "ASPERGER SYNDROME: A FREQUENT COMORBIDITY IN FIRST DIAGNOSED ADULT ADHD PATIENTS?." Psychiatria Danubina 25, no. 2 (2013): 0-141. https://hrcak.srce.hr/161168
Harvard
Roy, M., et al. (2013). 'ASPERGER SYNDROME: A FREQUENT COMORBIDITY IN FIRST DIAGNOSED ADULT ADHD PATIENTS?', Psychiatria Danubina, 25(2), pp. 0-141. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/161168 (Accessed 20 September 2020)
Vancouver
Roy M, D. Ohlmeier M, Osterhagen L, Prox-Vagedes V, Dillo W. ASPERGER SYNDROME: A FREQUENT COMORBIDITY IN FIRST DIAGNOSED ADULT ADHD PATIENTS?. Psychiatria Danubina [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2020 September 20];25(2):0-141. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/161168
IEEE
M. Roy, M. D. Ohlmeier, L. Osterhagen, V. Prox-Vagedes and W. Dillo, "ASPERGER SYNDROME: A FREQUENT COMORBIDITY IN FIRST DIAGNOSED ADULT ADHD PATIENTS?", Psychiatria Danubina, vol.25, no. 2, pp. 0-141, 2013. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/161168. [Accessed: 20 September 2020]

Abstracts
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.

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

Hrčak ID: 161168

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/161168

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