Most autistic people want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive air.
Autistic children who have behavioral problems tend to have an enlarged right amygdala, and in girls the size is associated with the severity of certain behaviors.
Autistic mothers report having more anxiety and depression than neurotypical mothers do.
Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
People with autism are at increased odds of having other psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety and depression, but the links can be counterintuitive.
Nearly one-third of autistic young people put themselves or others in danger in any given three-month period.
Emergency rooms throughout California are reporting a sharp increase in adolescents and young adults seeking care for a mental health crisis.