Journal article

Autism and psychosis: Clinical implications for depression and suicide

Rachel Upthegrove, Ahmad Abu-Akel, Katharine Chisholm, Ashleigh Lin, Sofia Zahid, Mirabel Pelton, Ian Apperly, Peter C Hansen, Stephen J Wood

SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

There is increasing recognition of the co-occurrence of autism and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. However, the clinical significance of this on outcomes such as depression and suicidal thinking has not been explored. This study examines the association of autism spectrum traits, depressive symptoms and suicidal behaviour in individuals with psychotic experiences. In two cross sectional studies, individuals from a non-help seeking university student sample and patients with first episode psychosis (FEP) service completed standardized measures of autism spectrum traits, psychotic experiences, depressive symptoms and suicidal thinking. In healthy non-help seeking students, increased autism t..

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