Depression autism spectrum disorders adults on the autism spectrum can be prone to depression and other mental health problems such as anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders especially in late adolescence and their twenties. Depressive syndromes represent a disabling comorbidity for many children with autism spectrum disorders asd however the ascertainment of depression can be complicated by phenotypic overlap between the two conditions by ways in which autistic symptomatology can mask cardinal features of depression and by atypical manifestations of depression in children with asd. Healthday news autism spectrum disorder asd is associated with increased risk for depression in young adulthood according to a study published online aug 31 in jama network open dheeraj . Mental health and autism even though mental illness can be more common for people on the autism spectrum than in the general population the mental health of autistic people is often overlooked here we look at mental health difficulties such as anxiety obsessive compulsive disorder ocd and depression . Depression has been identified as one of the largest public health burdens in the united states and major depressive disorder is considered one of the most common co occurring disorders in autism 1 the common symptoms of depression include irritability depressed mood apathy sleep disturbance appetite disturbance and self injurious behavior linked to suicidal ideation
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