Researchers at Harvard, using data from Sweden and Israel, found that a family history of schizophrenia almost triples the risk of autism in children. Bipolar disorder had a similar, but lesser risk. “Our findings indicate that ASD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders share etiologic risk factors,” the authors comment. The study appears this week in Archives of General Psychiatry.
Sullivan, P., Magnussen, C., “Family History of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder as Risk Factors for Autism,” Archives of General Psychiatry, 2012; ()1-5, (Online July 2, 2012)
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