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March 2020
Young girl crying into mother's shoulder

Enlarged amygdala linked to severe behavioral problems in autistic girls

by  /  5 March 2020

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.

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February 2020
54% of autistic mothers report that professionals involved with their children often don’t believe them, compared with 31% of neurotypical mothers. 41% of autistic mothers feel that agencies do not support them sufficiently when they ask for parenting help. 68% of neurotypical mothers feel they can turn to others for parenting support. Only 41% of autistic mothers feel the same. 44% of autistic mothers report having anxiety that affects their ability to communicate, compared with 6% of neurotypical mothers. 38% of autistic mothers rarely or never disclose their autism diagnosis to professionals when talking about their children. 94% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with parental multitasking. Only 51% of autistic mothers say the same. 85% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with all the domestic responsibilities of parenting compared with 47% of autistic mothers. Autistic mothers do not differ from neurotypical mothers in putting their children’s needs above their own.

Why autistic mothers may feel overwhelmed and undersupported

by  /  26 February 2020

Autistic mothers report having more anxiety and depression than neurotypical mothers do.

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Illustration shows child at school seated in chair with bullies all around

How abuse mars the lives of autistic people

by  /  5 February 2020

Many people with autism experience a triad of trauma: neglect at home, abuse from trusted adults and bullying at school or work.

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January 2020
Variants linked to multiple conditions, including autism, tend to appear in genes that influence brain development, as shown in this chart in blue and grey.

Autism may share inherited variants with other psychiatric conditions

by  /  13 January 2020

Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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A young teen woman sits on stairs with her head hanging down, her face hidden by her hair.

Adolescent anxiety predicts later psychiatric diagnoses in autistic people

by  /  2 January 2020

People with autism are at increased odds of having other psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety and depression, but the links can be counterintuitive.

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December 2019
unsafe behavior in autistic young people

Many young autistic people harm themselves, others

by  /  11 December 2019

Nearly one-third of autistic young people put themselves or others in danger in any given three-month period.

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November 2019
Young man holds his face in his hand, sitting in the dark.

Emergency rooms see surge of teenagers seeking psychiatric care

by ,  /  12 November 2019

Emergency rooms throughout California are reporting a sharp increase in adolescents and young adults seeking care for a mental health crisis.

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Woman's face is lit up by her smart phone, while behind her, in the darkness, many eyes are watching

Privacy concerns about mental health apps highlight need for regulation

by  /  6 November 2019

Dozens of apps are marketed to people with mental health conditions, including autism, and many violate the users’ privacy. Some researchers are finding a better way.

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October 2019

Enlarged amygdala may forecast anxiety, depression in autistic children

by  /  22 October 2019

A tiny chunk of the brain’s emotion enter, the amygdala, is enlarged in some autistic children; the larger this piece, the more anxious and depressed the child is likely to be.

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August 2019
young woman or girl sits alone on a window sill, in a sad posture.

Autistic women twice as likely as autistic men to attempt suicide

by  /  7 August 2019

People on the spectrum, and girls and women in particular, are at high risk of suicide; siblings of autistic people are also at heightened risk.

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