Management of mental ill health in people with autism spectrum disorder
Foley, KR & Trollor, J 2015, 'Management of mental ill health in people with autism spectrum disorder', Australian Family Physician, vol. 44, no. 11, pp. 784-790.
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Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may require medical assessment and care, especially for mental health conditions. Although substantial knowledge and resources are available regarding the management of mental ill health in children with ASD, substantial gaps remain for adults with ASD. Diagnostic overshadowing, limitations of communication skills and the heterogeneous nature of this patient population can make practice in this area more challenging, and can contribute to poorer outcomes, including overprescribing of psychotropic medications.