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Antidepressants and Autism

By Research Autism


This online article describes and evaluates antidepressant medications, which can be prescribed to people on the autism spectrum to treat co-occurring mental health problems, challenging behaviors, or even core autism symptoms.

The article concludes that there is insufficient research evidence to evaluate whether antidepressants are effective for any of these purposes, and the article notes the potential for side-effects. The article notes that clinical guidelines recommend that antidepressants should not be used to address core autism symptoms, and the article suggests that antidepressants should only be used after other treatments have proved ineffective.

Research Autism was a charity funding research in autism interventions. Research Autism’s information services have been absorbed by the National Autistic Society (NAS). Founded in 1962, the NAS “provide[s] information, support and pioneering services, and campaign[s] for a better world for autistic people. [Website]

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This online article is in English


Research Autism
United Kingdom

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