Study highlights that depression is common among men with autism
A follow-up research study has indicated that men who are on the autistic spectrum are also more likely to have psychiatric disorders like depression.
The analysis relates to 100 Swedish boys and teens that were diagnosed with Asperger syndrome between 1985 and 1991, and the new study relied on reassessing them in their adulthood.
The researchers were able to meet 50 of the men, now with an average age of 30, from the original 100.
47 of the participants were found to have experienced at least one psychiatric disorder, such as depression, ADHD, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder, at some stage in their lives.
Furthermore, at the time of the assessment, 27 of the men still had symptoms of at least one disorder.
Out of the conditions they were most likely to have, depression and ADHD were the most common, with 14 of the men managing ADHD while 14 were dealing with depression.
29 of the men – over half the entire group – had been depressed during the course of their lives.
The findings from the study are consistent with results from others that have been conducted.
It means that there is less distinction between the boundaries of different disorders, and the study also showed that men with autism do not often get the treatment they need for other psychiatric conditions they may be dealing with.
Medical experts are being advised to pay closer attention to patients that have autism, to ensure that they are diagnosed and treated for any psychiatric conditions they may have.
More information about the study is available in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.