Autism spectrum disorders linked to greater risk for depression in young adulthood

first_img Source: Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Aug 31 2018Bottom Line: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), especially without an accompanying intellectual disability, were associated with greater risk for depression in young adulthood compared with the general population and siblings without ASD.Why The Research Is Interesting: Mental health problems, including depression, are considered common in people with ASD. Understanding depression in people with ASD is important because it can further reduce social function. The identification and treatment of depression in people with ASD may help improve their quality of life.Related StoriesCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementiaSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsTeens who can describe negative emotions are better protected against depressionWho and When: 223,842 individuals in Sweden followed up to age 27 by 2011, of whom 4,073 were diagnosed with ASD and 219,769 were notWhat (Study Measures and Outcomes): Clinical diagnosis of depressive disorders identified in local and national patient registersHow (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 coauthorsStudy Limitations: Study population may have included people with undiagnosed depression and others may have been misclassified as having depression.last_img read more