What mental health problems may individuals with ASD face?
95% of children with ASD have co-occurring medical and behavioral conditions. One in three individuals with ASD has another psychiatric condition, e.g., anxiety or bipolar disorder.
The odds of suicide are almost four times higher among teenagers and adults with ASD than other groups.
Co-occurring conditions often contribute to more frequent visits to physicians for preventive, non-emergency and emergency care in comparison to individuals without ASD. Such medical conditions also bring with them social restrictions (e.g., restricted food venues, reduced participation in sports and other activities, decreased travel, etc.). In turn, this can lead to other medical disorders, like obesity, cardiac complications, diabetes, etc.