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Older Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Sweden: A Register Study of Diagnoses, Psychiatric Care Utilization and Psychotropic Medication of 601 Individuals.

Journal article
Authors Lena Nylander
Anna Axmon
Petra Björne
Gerd Ahlström
Christopher Gillberg
Published in Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume 48
Issue 9
Pages 3076–3085
ISSN 1573-3432
Publication year 2018
Published at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Pages 3076–3085
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3567-...
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Autism spectrum disorders; Older adults; Psychiatry
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry

Abstract

In a Swedish sample of persons eligible for disability services and aged 55 years or older in 2012, persons (n = 601) with autism spectrum disorder diagnoses registered in specialist care were identified. Register data concerning diagnoses of other psychiatric disorders, psychiatric care, and psychiatric medication were reviewed. More than 60% had been in contact with psychiatric care. The majority had no intellectual disability (ID) diagnosis recorded during the study period. Apart from ID, affective disorders, anxiety and psychotic disorders were most commonly registered; alcohol/substance abuse disorders were uncommon. Psychotropic drug prescriptions were very common, especially in the ID group. Professionals need awareness of this vulnerable group; studies concerning their life circumstances and service requirements should be conducted.

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