It’s an age-old debate: Which came first, The Chicken or the Egg? You can find various arguments for either side, but does it really matter?
In my line of work, I often hear a similar question. Did the developmental delay (Autism) cause the mental illness or did the mental illness cause the developmental delay (Autism)? But individuals diagnosed with both a mental illness and Autism experience a unique set of symptoms that overlap and collide with one another at any given time. And all these specific symptoms or behaviors can impact the day-to-day life of an individual with a dual diagnosis. So again, my question is: Does it really matter?