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Psychiatric symptoms, other diagnoses and medication use among children with autism spectrum disorders in Norway - project description

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The aim of this project is to investigate trajectories of emotional and behavioral disorders in autism spectrum disorder, as well as how they are diagnosed and treated.


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Summary

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a high risk of comorbid anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD and behavioral disorders. These comorbid disorders are associated with lower levels of functioning, lowe quality of life and reduced effects of interventions. They are often treated with medications. There is insufficient knowledge about how these comorbid disorders develop in children with ASD, and we know too little about predictors of comorbid diagnoses and pharmacological treatment. The aim of this project is to investigate trajectories of emotional and behavioral disorders in ASD, as well as how they are diagnosed and treated. We will compare children with ASD with children without ASD who have similar disorders. The project will link data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, the Autism Birth Cohort Study, the Norwegian Patient Registry and the Norwegian Prescription Database.

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Project participants

Project leader

Pål Suren, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Project participants

Guido Philipp Emmanuel Biele, Avdeling for barns helse og utvikling, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Synnve Schjølberg, Avdeling for barns helse og utvikling, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Christine Roth, Avdeling for barns helse og utvikling, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Kari Furu, Avdeling for kroniske sykdommer og aldring, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Heidi Aase, Avdeling for barns helse og utvikling, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Inger Johanne Landsjøåsen Bakken, Senter for fruktbarhet og helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Anne-Siri Øyen, Avdeling for barns helse og utvikling, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Alexandra Karoline Saasen Havdahl, Avdeling for psykiske lidelser, Norwegian Institute of Public Health