Can you have both ADHD and dyslexia?

Can you have both ADHD and dyslexia?

ADHD and dyslexia can occur side by side. Although neither illness causes the other, persons who have one frequently have both. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over half of children with ADHD also have a learning disability such as dyslexia. It is estimated that between 5 and 20 percent of school-aged children have either ADHD or dyslexia. That means that there are a large number of children in whom it is difficult to tell whether their problems with attention and/or reading are due to ADHD or some other cause.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

There are two types of ADHD: hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. Children with the first type of ADHD tend to be restless when they should be sitting still, playing quietly, or doing their homework. They may run around the room or throw things out of their trunks when they should be doing chores or playing with their friends. These behaviors often make them look unruly even though they mean they're just trying to burn off steam or relax.

The inattentive type of ADHD is more common than the hyperactive-impulsive type. In this case, children fail to pay close attention to what's going on around them. They may appear distracted by extraneous noises or unable to stay focused on a single activity for any length of time.

Which is worse: dyslexia or ADHD?

ADHD and dyslexia are two separate types of brain problems. However, they frequently overlap. About one in every ten persons who have dyslexia also have ADHD. Furthermore, if you have ADHD, you are six times more likely than the general population to have a mental condition or a learning disability such as dyslexia. Although both conditions affect how someone learns, reads, writes, and communicates, they require different types of interventions.

What percentage of dyslexics have ADHD?

One in every four children with ADHD also has dyslexia, while between 15 and 40% of children with dyslexia have ADHD. This means that between three out of ten and two out of three children with reading problems have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well.

ADHD is more common than you might think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 7% of school-aged children suffer from it. That's about 1 in 14 kids. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with ADHD; it's estimated that around 10% of women have it as compared to 8% of men. There's some evidence that this may be due to higher rates of ADHD among boys, but many women with ADHD don't have any trouble focusing or controlling their behavior. The reason for the difference in rates between men and women with ADHD is unknown.

Dyslexia is also more common than you might think. The CDC estimates that about 5% of adults have it. That's about one in twenty people. Dyslexia can cause difficulties with reading and writing skills. It's often identified in children who experience difficulty with phonological processing (the understanding of sound patterns like words) or semantic processing (the understanding of meaning behind symbols).

Are ADHD and dyspraxia linked?

CLINICAL FEATURES OF DYSLEXIA, DYSPRAXIA, AND ADHD The clinical overlap between these illnesses is significant; each might emerge in isolation, but the same individual will frequently exhibit characteristics of two, or even all three of these conditions. Unfortunately, there is rarely any overlap between diagnosis and management. Although individuals with dyslexia often have trouble focusing their attention, this aspect of their cognitive performance improves with age. Those who struggle with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also experience difficulty sustaining focus, but the two conditions are treatable using different strategies. It is important for clinicians to be aware of the similarities between dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities because effective interventions exist for each condition.

Dyslexia is generally defined as a specific learning disability that affects the ability to read and write accurately. This disorder is commonly reported by children and adults who cannot sound out words or use phonics to break down letters into sounds. Because writing is based on speech, people with this problem have great difficulty spelling correctly. They may also have problems with math due to the relationship between spelling and grammar. Dyslexia can be identified in children as early as preschool age if appropriate testing reveals significant difficulties with reading and writing. Experts believe that many cases of dyslexia go undetected because children with this condition learn to compensate for their problems by using different strategies.

People with dyslexia often have other issues as well.

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Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson has been writing and publishing psychology related content for over 5 years. She has a degree in psychology from Purdue University where she graduated with highest honors. She is passionate about helping people understand their own psychology better and how it can help them live a more calm and fulfilling life.

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