Pediatrician Questions Autism

Can autism raise the risk of PTSD?

My son was recently diagnosed with autism, at 5 years old, and I'm just worried about the effect this will disease will have on his mental health in the future. He's at risk for other mental disorders, like PTSD?

3 Answers

Children with ASD are at higher risk of having other comorbidities like:

●Hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity

●Aggression, outbursts, and self-injury


●Obsessive-compulsive behaviors, rigidity, and repetitive behaviors

●Depressive symptoms

●Sleep dysfunction
Children with autism do have increased mental disorders like ADHD depression dyslexia but not PTSD over the regular population.