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Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues

A recent study found that young people on the autism spectrum are more likely to suffer from psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than are typically developing people.

“When it comes to mental health diagnoses and use of psychiatric services, there’s a really strong need for the entire developmental disabilities community, but it’s an even bigger need for folks on the autism spectrum,” says Yona Lunsky, a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and coauthor of the study. “I think sometimes people will dismiss something as being part of autism when, in fact, it’s not,” she adds. “There are people with autism who don’t have psychiatric issues.”

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