The problem with diagnosing Aspergers Syndrome is that the symptoms very often overlap with those of ADHD and misdiagnosis is quite common. Aspergers is a type of autism as some of the symptoms fit that disorder but it is reassuring to know that it is a mild form of autism caused by fundamental changes in the child’s brain structure. Aspergers and ADHD have very similar symptoms but as they are two distinct conditions, Aspergers and ADHD medication will be different.
Both conditions share the symptoms of hyperactivity or lethargy, impulsive actions, temper tantrums, difficulties in socializing and forming friendships and not appearing to listen when spoken to.
The child with Aspergers stands out in that he or she will have real problems in distinguishing between good and bad behaviour. There are problems too in communicating and very little eye contact. Play is often repetitive and limited to a few actions which are repeated again and again. There will never be creative play which you will notice in other children. A distinctive feature of an Aspergers child is the droning monotone voice and you frequently get the impression that they are talking at you rather than talking to you. They will rarely take delight in pointing out things to you like other children. Clumsiness is often noticed too in the child.
Aspergers and ADHD medication cannot be regarded as being part of the same equation. Because of misdiagnosis Asergers and ADHD children often end up being given the same sort of medication. The Aspergers child is put on ADHD medication like Ritalin or another type of amphetamine and there is no improvement. By contrast ADHD kids on Ritalin tend to show improvement of some of their symptoms.
Any treatment for the Aspergers child will be aimed at trying to improve social skills, reduce clumsiness and try to get the child off the repetitive routines. Sometimes psychsotimulants are used for the hyperactivity and Risperidone has been found to be useful for the repetitive actions. For the anxiety, Prozac or Zoloft is sometimes prescribed with some success. All these drugs which are typical of Aspergers and ADHD medication being prescribed today may carry a risk or have undesirable side effects.
In treating Aspergers Syndrome, many parents want to try herbal and homeopathic remedies which are free of risks and nasty side effects unlike the range of Aspergers and ADHD medication mentioned above. If a herbal remedy is part of a holistic treatment plan which includes diet, behaviour therapy and ‘green time’ then there is an excellent chance of improving the quality of life both for the parents and the child.