Depression in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1500 21st Avenue South, Village at Vanderbilt, Room 2252, Nashville, TN 37212, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Depression is both common and impactful in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is swiftly growing in recognition as a major public health concern within the autism community. This article is intended to provide a brief overview of the prevalence, impact, presentation, and risk factors associated with cooccurring depression in children and adolescents with ASD. Clinical guidelines for the assessment and treatment of depression in the ASD population are offered in line with the small existing evidence base.

Keywords

ASD,Assessment,Autism,Depression,Dysthymia,Mood,Psychiatric comorbidity,Treatment,