“… Absence of clear practice guidelines for psychotropic medication use in children with ASD” leads to a range of drugs for depression, anxiety, psychosis and hyperactivity, say the authors of an NIMH study of 1,420 children with an autism diagnosis. There are no drugs approved to treat the symptoms or causes of the disorder, but some suggest that “there has been a relative under-appreciation of psychiatric co-morbidity in individuals, especially younger individuals with autism spectrum disorders.”
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