Tackling Bullying Could Help Reduce Depression in Autistic Teens

Tackling Bullying Could Help Reduce Depression in Autistic Teens

Teenagers with difficulties in social communication, including autism, have higher rates of depressive symptoms, especially if they are being bullied. Researchers at the University of Bristol, using questionnaire, clinic and genetic information on 6091 young people from the Children of the 90s longitudinal study, found that children with autism and those with autistic traits had more symptoms of depression when they were 10 years old than their peers and that this continued at least up to the age of 18. Children with difficulties in social communication were also more likely to have a diagnosis of depression at 18 and the...

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