Psychological comorbidities in autism spectrum disorders

Shaltout, Eman, Al-Dewik, Nader, Samara, Muthanna, Morsi, Hisham and Khattab, Azhar (2020) Psychological comorbidities in autism spectrum disorders. In: Essa, M. Mohamed and Qoronfleh, M. Walid, (eds.) Personalized food intervention and therapy for autism spectrum disorder management. Cham, Switzerland : Springer. pp. 163-191. (Advances in Neurobiology, (24)) ISSN (print) 2190-5215 ISBN 9783030304010


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by impairment in behavior, communication, and social interaction. Thus, accurate identification, regular behavioral and other nonmedical interventions would improve the diagnosis, management, and treatment of this condition.In this chapter, we investigate the importance of diagnosing and identifying comorbid psychiatric disorders that occur with ASD as these conditions can often complicate treatment, and failure to recognize them can result in deficits that can persist into adolescence and adulthood. In addition, we explore the impact of comprehensive psychological intervention in ASD patients with comorbid psychiatric disorders with the ultimate goal of improving overall quality of life.

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