Better tools needed to diagnose depression in people with autism

Autistic adults are not being effectively diagnosed with depression due to a lack of assessment tools, a new study has found.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham's School of Psychology undertook a systematic review of data on assessment tools for diagnosing adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) with depression. The research published in Autism Research shows that there are no validated tools to specifically assess depression in autistic adults.

Dr. Sarah Cassidy who led the research is now developing a new depression assessment tool for autistic adults. She says: "It is crucial that we are able to effectively identify depression in autistic adults. However, current tools have been developed for non-autistic populations and may miss the unique and subtle signs of depression in autistic people."

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16th February 2018
Medical Xpress