Many people with autism entertain thoughts of suicide and yet show few obvious signs of their distress. Some scientists are identifying risks — and solutions — unique to autistic individuals.
A huge new research collaboration may jump-start the race to develop therapies for autism.
An app may help people with autism manage anxiety, adults on the spectrum share the items they use to self-soothe, and autistic children can pick up new words by overhearing them.
The instruments clinicians use to diagnose depression in people with autism cannot capture its unique presentation in this group.
Young people with autism have more psychiatric and medical conditions than do their typical peers or those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Children with autism often have problems understanding others’ thoughts; those who use mental strategies to compensate for these problems may be unusually anxious.
A greater proportion of 3-year-old girls than boys with autism have psychiatric features such as anxiety and moodiness.