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“A Living Contradiction:” Stories of the AuDHD Experience

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AuDHD — a combination of “autism” and “ADHD” — is a term that describes individuals who live with both neurotypes. While reporting varies substantially across studies, recent research estimates that 40% to 70% of autistic individuals also have ADHD.12 While the autism-ADHD link is recognized and increasingly studied today, this wasn’t always the case; until 2013, the DSM-5 did not allow for co-diagnosis of both conditions.What’s it like to live with two neurotypes with overlapping and sometimes opposing traits?

How do features commonly associated with autism — like strict adherence to routines, special interests, and stimming — harmonize or clash with ADHD features like hyperfocus, impulsivity, and novelty-seeking?

How do common experiences with social functioning and masking show up? Here’s what ADDitude readers told us about the AuDHD experience and what they wish the world knew about living with autism and ADHD.“I often feel like a living contradiction. I want order but cannot maintain it.

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