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Children and adults with autism are also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patients. ASD is regarded as a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders as it pertains with the involvement of central nervous system. Autism may be defined as inability to communicate with people or situations.

In a study, it has been found that parents of autistic children are more prone to psychopathological changes. The most common psychiatric conditions among parents of autistic children were melancholic personality, persistent depression and negativism. The other symptoms among parents are personality disorders, generalized anxiety, somatoform, bipolar, persistent depression, thought disorders, and delusional disorders. Hence, the study concluded that there is a necessity of paying attention to psychiatric condition of parents along with the treatment of autistic symptoms in children. 


Amiri S., et al., 2016, “Psychopathology of the Parents of Autistic Children Based on the Clinical Personality Disorders,” Annals of Psychiatry and Treatment; 1(1): 1-5. [Web Reference]

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