Children With Autism and ADHD Show Higher Rates of Anxiety Children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had more than twice the risk of an anxiety or mood disorder in a new study published in Pediatrics. Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute used data collected from the Interactive Autism Network from 2006 ... Research in Brief
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Research in Brief   |   June 01, 2018
Children With Autism and ADHD Show Higher Rates of Anxiety
The ASHA Leader, June 2018, Vol. 23, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB4.23062018.18
The ASHA Leader, June 2018, Vol. 23, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB4.23062018.18
Children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had more than twice the risk of an anxiety or mood disorder in a new study published in Pediatrics.
Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute used data collected from the Interactive Autism Network from 2006 to 2013. It included data on 3,319 children (ages 6–17) with a parent-reported, professional and questionnaire-verified ASD diagnosis. Of this group, 45 percent also had a diagnosis of ADHD.

The data show that children with ASD and ADHD had 2.2 times the risk of an anxiety disorder.

Researchers note that the prevalence of a co-occurrence of ADHD increased with age and was associated with increased ASD severity. The data show that children with ASD and ADHD had 2.2 times the risk of an anxiety disorder and 2.7 times the risk for other mood disorders. This co-occurrence also increased with older children.
“By working closely together in monitoring a child for anxiety and mood symptoms, we can ensure early diagnosis and treatment, which is key to preserving a child’s quality of life,” says Paul H. Lipkin, one of the study authors and director of medical informatics and Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network.
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