BACKGROUND: It is often difficult to determine whether there is psychiatric comorbidity in addition to an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or whether the observed behavior is described adequately by the ASD diagnosis. AIM: To show when the possibility of comorbidity needs to be seriously considered in children and adults with ASD. We will focus on the most common comorbide disorders in children and adults with ASD, namely anxiety, depression and ADHD. METHOD: Discussion of the literature and clinical experiences. RESULTS: In order to diagnose ASD and comorbidities it is important to record a detailed developmental history. This can also serve as a baseline for the client's behaviour. Changes in the pattern of behaviour with respect to the baseline can often be indicative of the presence of a comorbid disorder. CONCLUSION: Since ASD is a life long disorder and comorbidity needing treatment or interventions can be present during various phases of life, the diagnostic procedure needs to continue even after ASD has been diagnosed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Assessment of comorbidity in autism spectrum disorders|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie|
|State||Published - 2010|
- Developmental history
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health