No, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and autism are not the same thing. Although they can share some symptoms, they are different conditions with distinct diagnostic criteria.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. On the other hand, autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication, behavior, and sensory processing.
It is possible for someone to have both ADHD and autism, as well as other co-occurring conditions. However, a diagnosis of one does not necessarily imply a diagnosis of the other. It is important to seek a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified healthcare professional or mental health provider to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.