Comorbid psychopathology with autism spectrum disorder in children: an overview

Res Dev Disabil. Jul-Sep 2007;28(4):341-52. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2005.12.004. Epub 2006 Jun 9.


Comorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more disorders in the same person, has been a topic receiving considerable attention in the child psychopathology literature overall. Despite many publications in the ADHD, depression and other child literatures, autism spectrum disorder has not received such scrutiny. The purpose of this review will be to discuss the available evidence. We address specific variables in diagnosis and classification of comorbid symptoms, and propose potential avenues for research and practice with respect to differential diagnosis. A brief discussion of the implications for treatment is also provided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders / epidemiology
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Phobic Disorders / epidemiology
  • Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology
  • Research