Autism vs ADHD (The Difference between ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Published 2020-05-08
Autism vs ADHD. The difference between ADHD and Autism is not always immediately obvious.
Is it Autism or ADHD, or BOTH Autism AND ADHD?! Getting the right diagnosis is important!
The difference between autism and ADHD can be subtle sometimes. In some areas they seem opposite but there are lots of overlapping characteristics too.

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My name is Paul and I discovered I have Aspergers at age 30.
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Yes, I know, I don't look autistic. That's exactly why I started this blog, because if I didn't show you, you would never know.

As the name suggests, this channel is devoted to giving you insight into the world of Aspergers.
This blog started off being just my story, but I've learned SO MUCH about my own condition
from meeting others on the Autism Spectrum that now I make sure to feature their stories as well.

I've come a long way in my own personal journey.
Now I'm sharing what I've found so you don't have to learn it the hard way too.



You can expect me to get to the point with concise useful information.
I focus on what is most important and don't shy away from difficult topics.

The best way to learn about Autism is to see it in real life ( i.e. via the stories of many, many people on the spectrum).

In this channel I endeavour to show you what Autism and Aspergers look like in real people and to also give you some insight as to what's happening on the inside.
I upload a new video every weekend with some bonus content thrown in mid-week too.
There's always new stuff coming through so be sure to check back and see what you've missed. (Is this where I'm supposed to tell you to hit that subscribe button?)

Topics Include:
- What is Aspergers/Autism?
- Aspie Tips, coping strategies, and advice on common issues
- Learning Emotional Intelligence (this is my special interest!)
- Autism in real life: stories from special guests

Everything I do is and endeavour to go deeper and take you 'behind the scenes' to understand what may, at first glance, seem 'odd'.
oh, and I love busting stereotypes and turning preconceptions upsidedown :)



I discovered I have aspergers at the age of thrity.
It has been my life's mission to understand these funny creatures we call humans.
My special interest is a combination of emotional intelligence, psychology, neuroscience, thinking styles, behaviour, and motivation. (I.e. what makes people tick)
My background is in engineering and I see the world in systems to be analysed.
My passion is for taking the incredibly complex, deciphering the pattern, and explaining it very simply.
My philosophy is that blogging is an adventure best shared.



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All Comments (21)
  • Tree Aroha
    Another symptom of ADHD for me is needing to absorb information quickly. I struggle with people who talk slowly or take ages to get to the point even if I'm genuinely interested in what they have to say. I'll often watch videos on YouTube sped up because I lose focus quickly if information isn't given to me at lightning speed. The irony of all this is that usually when I'm the one presenting information it takes me a decade and a half to get to the point no matter how fast I speak lol.
  • Edd Joestar
    As a person who has both ADHD and autism, let me tell you, the experience is truly difficult to put it in words
    One part of it is like this
    You're organized yet messy at the same time
    You want to do one of your favorite things and you're stuck deciding which one to do-
  • Maria
    I was diagnosed with Asperger's and ADD 10 years ago when I was a 12-years-old girl and I remember the relief I felt when my mom gave me a pamphlet about autism to read and it pretty much described my daily life. I cried because I realized that there was nothing wrong with me and that I was simply a little different and that that is okay :)
  • ADHD hyperfocus can also be so intense that you forget that anything else exists. Even bodily needs are repressed and only thing that can break it is the fact that the pee you are holding in for a hour has reached a point of emergency.
  • Tanya Carbajal
    When you talked about being a kid masking at school and crashing at home being too exhausted to mask anymore, it made so much sense to me why my son is perfect at school but has a meltdown when he gets home. I thought for so long that I was doing something wrong.
  • Whattup
    Diagnosed with ADHD at 29 and think I might also have autism. Pretty sure both run in the family. Everyone always thought I was "normal" because I have done well in school and at work. They don't know how much energy it costs me to be like them and how misunderstood I feel. It makes me sad :(
  • ADHD also masks. We can spend the day pretending we know what's going on when we're actually not able to process written or verbal instructions or focus on a required task. By the time we get home we're completely exhausted physically and mentally. This creates anxiety, depression, emotional disregulation, low confidence, sensitivity disorder, etc.
  • Alyssa Rosexoxo
    As someone with adhd, I had had a million different thoughts related to everything you were talking about, and then kept having to bring myself back to listen to this video. Loved it though. We really do have a lot of similarities. My little brother is diagnosed with autism and adhd. And when I spend time with him I can really see the similarities between us, and a few differences, even with the age gap.
  • Hanna Jung
    I just got my ADHD diagnosis, at the age of 38. From my experience there can be a crash or meltdown for ADHD people, too.
    Paying attention, trying to make sure you do not forget to notoce the needs of others when you are “in the flow“ or just focusing at a necessary task, while there is a lot going on around you can be very, very straining. And often I come home after doing groceries and break down crying from exhaustion. Or I totally flip because I tried to build a routine to get something done that I actually hate without forgetting half of the stuff I need to do (like preparing a meal for my disabled partner) and something broke me out of it. And its not that I need the routine, its that if I do not have one I mess this task up (having the meal burn), forget completely what I was going to do, and often have to restart again, finding new motivation, often needing to do previous tasks a second time etc.
  • Mog vGB
    When I was diagnosed at 37 with Autism one of the things that made my treating clinical psychologist ask me if I had ever considered Autism was when I complained about people at work asking me about my weekend, which I found HIGHLY invasive and inappropriate that they wanted to monitor my personal time activities. I was in my mid 20's before I worked out that the correct answer to "Where are you from?/Where abouts do you live?" is not answered with full mailing address including postcode. LOL Life makes a LOT more sense to me now.
  • Jaded and Empty
    This is really interesting. I don't have autism or ADHD (Clinical depression and social anxiety in spades though), but I love learning about the different ways people operate and what to expect/how to handle differences. So many people take communication for granted, but it's anything but simple when you really look at it for more than a couple minutes at a time.
  • Elizabeth
    I always thought the experience of getting tunnel vision on a single task was just me. I often can't sleep because I can't stop thinking about how I'd approach a project and I just have to get up and do it, I have heaps of abandoned projects because they stopped being interesting to me in the moment. I guess the plus side is when I do end up fixated on something I need to do, like tidying, I can do it for hours and will end up going completely overboard and reorganizing everything
  • Barbora Halova
    "ADHD is probably the worst named thing in the entire medical profession." - video liked
  • Ms. Hesse
    One of my therapists recommended me the book "Smart but Stuck". It's about teens and adults with ADHD and it's really helpful because it actually mentions the emotional consequences of ADHD. Like for me, having my shame for not being able to do things I don't want to validated almost made me cry.
  • Odessa Fields
    I'm starting to realize all the "personality quirks" I have are actually signs of Autism. It's been a huge relief that there's an explanation for how I feel in different circumstances-- because I also have always had problems explaining how I'm feeling 😂
  • LilyRose TigerCub
    This is the best video describing the two I'VE EVER COME ACROSS IN MY LIFE!!
    I feel I understand ADHD more now.
    I REALLY want to show my ADHD family members this video so they also might understand MY AUTISM more! :D

    It's almost scary how alike me and you are.
    I laughed a lot at all the autistic traits you mentioned.
    I never related to anyhting so literally before :')
  • T S
    Such a relief to find all this information and people that know exactly what it's like, I've struggled for 53yrs believing I was alone in my own head,feelings and thoughts. Thank You Everyone for showing me I'm not crazy.
  • Teclinsoro
    i’m so glad this video has subtitles. i’m not hearing impaired (that i know of) but i find subtitles help me focus on videos and better process everything
  • Inoviridae Tao
    I have both ADHD and severe depression. Depression causes that inertia he talked about; it takes a ton of energy to be able to start even simple things. Yet at the same time, my brain keeps having these great ideas of things to do, such as what plants to start, which ones need to be repotted, oooooo we should make a flower box with this wood, no I need to build a trellis, of but we also have to walk the dogs, and clean the kitchen.
    Then I get paralyzed because there is some much my mind wants to do, so many great things to do and learn, but I just get find the energy to start.
  • David G Austin
    This is fascinating. I’m on the spectrum but I definitely do not have ADHD. I can do one task for days at a time, but it’s nearly impossible for me to change tasks. Even just listening to music and watching TV; if I’m listening to music and my favorite show comes on, it’s nearly impossible for me to pull myself away from listening to music even though I REALLY want to watch my favorite show.

    Your example of the 18-month-old asking why the other children don’t talk is also something that hits close to home for me. I taught myself to read when I was three. When it was time for me to start kindergarten, the school recommended that I be put in the second grade instead. My parents felt that I didn’t have the "maturity" to be in second grade — in reality, I had no social skills because I was an undiagnosed autistic — so I started kindergarten with all the other children my age. I didn’t understand why the other children couldn’t read. I didn’t understand why they needed to be TAUGHT how to read. I associated letters with sounds by myself before I even learned the alphabet, so I thought everyone else did, too. It made school excruciatingly boring for me until I got to the third grade and my teacher really started to challenge me with much more difficult work. Then I loved school. I still didn’t understand why the other children couldn’t do complex math or read "grown-up" books.