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Psychiatria Danubina, Vol.27 No.1 March 2015. -

Background: Over the past few years, our knowledge about Asperger syndrome AS has increased enormously. Although it used

to be a syndrome mainly encountered in childhood and adolescent psychiatry, it is now increasingly recognized in adult psychiatry.

Nevertheless, little is known about psychiatric comorbidities and life course of adults with AS. The current study aimed to gain an

insight into comorbidities and the development of the social situation of adults with AS.

Subjects and methods: We investigated psychiatric comorbidities, psychiatric history, professional background, partnerships,

and children in 50 adults with AS 34 men and 16 women over a broad age range 20–62 years.

Results: Seventy percent of adults with AS had at least one psychiatric comorbiditiy. Most frequent comorbidities were

depression and anxiety disorders. Obsessive–compulsive disorder and alcohol abuse-dependence were also observed. Many adults

had previously been treated with psychopharmacological or psychotherapeutic interventions. Although most adults had a high-level

school leaving certificate and had gone on to complete training-university studies, less than half were currently in employment.

Fourteen adults were living in a partnership and 10 had children.

Conclusions: Adults with AS often have psychiatric comorbidities, indicating lower levels of mental health. Additionally, they

seem to have severe limitations concerning professional success, despite having a good school education. Their family situation is

also impaired with regard to starting a family. These considerable limitations in the life of adults with AS may help to understand

their specific problems, and emphasize the importance of developing specific treatments for improving their mental health and social

integration.

autism - Asperger syndrome – adult – comorbidity - social background



Autor: Mandy Roy - ; Department of Psychiatry, Social-Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School MHH, Hannover, Germany Vanes

Fuente: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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