Things That Made Me Go “Duh!”

The realizations I put together to conclude I am Autistic as well as ADHD 

My son and I were each formally diagnosed with ADHD in 2019, and since then, I have been hyper-focused on learning every thing I possibly can about the subject.

Over the past year I started to suspect we may both be Autistic as well, and I’ve had a couple of people hint at it when discussing my son.

I’ve spent a significant amount of time over the past three months researching and writing about conditions that commonly co-occur with ADHD, referred to as comorbidities.

While doing this, I came across more and more similarities between being Autistic and ADHD, and found myself increasingly identifying with Autistic traits.

It’s funny when you take a step back to try to evaluate yourself as objectively as possible (of course it’s impossible to be fully objective, but I find it good practice to try).

There were aspects of myself I previously viewed as just part of who I am, so much so that I rarely noticed them anymore.

There were others that have always been a significant struggle for me, but I first chalked them up as character flaws, then later attributed them to ADHD.

Read my article in Neurodiversified.


Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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