Monday, August 20, 2007

Autism, learning disabilities and mental health

A review of the literature on children and adolescents with autism and intellectual disabilities has found that they also have a higher than usual incidence of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mood disorder, catatonia and repetitive behaviour although drugs can be effective in treating these conditions. Children with autism and intellectual disabilities have a higher rate of use of mental health services. Autism was found to occur with Smith-Lemli-Optiz syndrome and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

McCarthy, Jane - Children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 2007, 20: 472-476

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