Are repeatitive questions really common with ADHD or is it more likely autism?

Andi - posted on 01/30/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter (age 8) has ADHD and epilepsy. Sometimes she will "get stuck" on a question and ask it over and over and over again. It is usually a question she does not like the answer to, but it is comlicated by the fact that sometimes it is like she doesn't "get" the answer. For instance "Why is my friend not coming today ? " (answer is she is coming saturday, not today) to which she will either ask the same exact question again or else ask why today is not Saturday. And this will go on and on until I think I am going to go insane. Some people keep suggesting that she may be autistic. Her neurologist and gen doctor say she is not, although she has never been formally screened for autism. I am troubled because when I google "repeatitive questions", it seems to be red flagged for autism. I have only found one article that said repeatitive questions are a symtom of ADHD.....and I am not sure they meant extreme repeatitive questions. Everything else talks about autism. So my question is are there any other moms out there dealing with extreme repeatitive questions in a child who has ADHD and not autism?

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Andi - posted on 02/03/2013

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It does help to know that other moms of kids with ADHD deal with a lot of repetitive questions too.

Andi - posted on 02/03/2013

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Thanks, this actually was helpful. It made me think about how often this happens with my daughter. .....when it happens it is maddening, but it isn't a constant thing really. I also remembered the repeatitive questions went away when she was on Vyvanse (to treat the ADHD), but we had to discontinue that med because of increased seizure activity. I doubt an adhd med would have made the repeative questions go away if they were due to autism..........

Lya - posted on 02/03/2013

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My friend's daughter sometimes asks the same question repeatedly and she has a diagnosis of PDD (high functioning autism). These are examples of the types of questions she may ask: she may be doing an activity like painting and will ask "are we painting?" a few times or if someone is missing from her class that day, she may raise her hand and ask, "is 'so and so' out sick today?" a few times while the teacher is explaining the assignment. It's called perseveration.

I realize that didn't totally answer your question, but I did go to Wiki and this is an excerpt of what they wrote about perseveration:

"Perseveration may also refer to the obsessive and highly selective interests of individuals on the autism spectrum. This term is most connected to Asperger syndrome.

In attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) perseverance may occur as a well documented feature[7] (often informally and probably inaccurately[7] described as "hyperfocus") as an impairment of set shifting and task switching,[8][9][10] and may act as a brain coping mechanism or be a symptom of impaired ability to consciously regulate attention.

In people who are both intellectually gifted and suffer a learning disability, the state of hyperfocus and flow can be confounded with perseverance.[7]"

Ronda - posted on 02/01/2013

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My daughter does it some but I wouldnt call it extreme, She's been asking several times a day how many days until her birthday. Her birthday is in July. She asks over and over for items she wants (a snack, glass of milk, ect) if you tell her she has to wait til later, simply due to the lack of patience. This probably doesnt help much!

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