Better tools needed to diagnose depression in people with autism | Circa February 16, 2018

Autistic adults are not being effectively diagnosed with depression due to a lack of asessment tools, a new study has found.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham’s School of Psychology undertook a systematic review of data on assessment tools for diagnosing adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) with depression. The research published in Autism Research shows that there are no validated tools to specifically assess depression in autistic adults.

By University of Nottingham

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-02-tools-depression-people-autism.html

“The challenge clinicians have diagnosing an autistic person with depression is that many of the characteristics of it overlap with the symptoms and behaviours of autism such as; social withdrawal, difficulties with sleep and reduced eye contact.

This overlap of symptoms becomes especially problematic when using tools developed for the general non-autistic population.”

Dr. Sarah Cassidy, University Of Nottingham

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