• Higher depression risk in young adulthood.


    Higher depression risk in young adulthood associated with autism spectrum disorders.


    How depression effects kids and teens with autism.

    Autism, especially without an accompanying intellectual disability, were associated with greater risk for depression in young adulthood compared with the general population and siblings without autism.

    Why The Research Is Interesting: Mental health problems, including depression, are considered common in people with autism. Understanding depression in people with autism is important because it can further reduce social function. The identification and treatment of depression in people with autism may help improve their quality of life.

    Who and When: 223,842 individuals in Sweden followed up to age 27 by 2011, of whom 4,073 were diagnosed with autism and 219,769 were not

    What (Study Measures and Outcomes): Clinical diagnosis of depressive disorders identified in local and national patient registers

    How (Study Design): This was an observational study. Researchers were not intervening for purposes of the study and cannot control all the natural differences that could explain the study findings.

    Authors: Dheeraj Rai, M.R.C.Psych., Ph.D., of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, and coauthors.



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