Title

Autism spectrum disorder and psychosis: a case study

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Cashin, A 2016, 'Autism spectrum disorder and psychosis: a case study', Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 72-78.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcap.12145

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Problem

While apparently relatively common, there is often little clinician awareness of the risk of psychosis for people with autism.

Methods

A comprehensive review of the peer-reviewed literature and a presentation of a case study.

Findings

There is a paucity of research available to determine the prevalence of the experience of psychosis in people with autism.

Conclusion

There is significant boundary overlap between autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia spectrum disorder. This article provides a comprehensive review of the research and a case study of a 16-year-old male with autism who experienced a brief reactive psychosis.