Autism is a disorder which, far beyond its core diagnostic criteria, brings with it higher than average medical conditions and psychiatric illnesses. The health status of adults on the autism spectrum
study confirms the harsh realities of autism disorders and should not be ignored or lightly dismissed by academics, mainstream media or professional “self” advocates who, despite their very high functioning levels, insist on burying the harsh realities of the severely autistic, like my son, in the mounds of autism ignorance they dump on the public landscape. As the study indicates autism disorders mean significantly higher than average psychiatric illnesses and medical conditions. Not much joy to be found in those realities.This study though should be helpful in bringing a much needed dose of autism realities to the public understanding of autism disorders and the harsh realities that accompany them.
- Lisa A Croen1
- Ousseny Zerbo1
- Yinge Qian1
- Maria L Massolo1
- Steve Rich2
- Stephen Sidney1
- Clarissa Kripke3
1Kaiser Permanente Northern California—Oakland, USA
2Kaiser Permanente Northern California—Santa Rosa, USA
3University of California, San Francisco, USA
- Lisa A Croen, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California—Oakland, 2000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA. Email: Lisa.A.Croen@kp.org
Compared to the general pediatric population, children with autism have higher rates of co-occurring medical and psychiatric illnesses, yet very little is known about the general health status of adults with autism. The objective of this study was to describe the frequency of psychiatric and medical conditions among a large, diverse, insured population of adults with autism in the United States. Participants were adult members of Kaiser Permanente Northern California enrolled from 2008 to 2012. Autism spectrum disorder cases (N = 1507) were adults with autism spectrum disorder diagnoses (International Classification of Diseases-9-Clinical Modification codes 299.0, 299.8, 299.9) recorded in medical records on at least two separate occasions. Controls (N = 15,070) were adults without any autism spectrum disorder diagnoses sampled at a 10:1 ratio and frequency matched to cases on sex and age. Adults with autism had significantly increased rates of all major psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, and suicide attempts. Nearly all medical conditions were significantly more common in adults with autism, including immune conditions, gastrointestinal and sleep disorders, seizure, obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and diabetes. Rarer conditions, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, were also significantly more common among adults with autism. Future research is needed to understand the social, healthcare access, and biological factors underlying these observations.
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Conor Doherty on World Autism Awareness Day 2014, as I tried to take a “selfie” of the two of us wearing blue, gave his old Dad an unexpected hug. As in this pic, Conor brings us great joy but his autism is a disorder which restricts his life and causes him harm. Joel Rubinoff father of . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Joel Rubinoff’s Angry, Ill Informed, Misleading Autism Rhetoric
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Thank You Suzanne Wright!
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“My son’s story is one of hope, not unlike the stories regularly broadcast on television, printed in magazines or making the rounds on YouTube.
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CNN’s Portrayal of Autism In the Days Surrounding WAAD 2013 Middle – Jack and John Elder Robison – High Functioning Aspergers Bottom -Trevor Pacelli High Functioning PDD-NOS (Holli Dunn Photography)
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CBSLA photo as Shown on the NY Daily News Shows Horrifying Abuse of Man with Severe Autism
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Resigchouche Regional Hospital Centre
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