Half of adults with autism will develop autism in their lifetimes

Almost half of adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder will struggle with depression at some point in their lifetime, according to a new report.

The research, published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, explains that common symptoms of autism and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviour can cause isolation and spiral into a mental health issue.

Until this study was published, very little was known about the link between autism and depression.

But now researchers say the findings show clear evidence that depression is highly prevalent in both children and adults with autism.

It adds that depression is more common in individual with autism who have higher intelligence, contrary to the general population, where people with lower intelligence are at higher risk of depression.

“Depression is more widespread in people with autism than we previously thought,” says the report.

“This important research will hopefully prompt clinicians to include an assessment of depression in their routine clinical practice with people with autism. This assessment will ensure that people with autism are receiving appropriate treatment.”

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