According to the recent research on autism, children who lose their diagnosis may develop another psychiatric disorders. It means that even if the child is “off” autism spectrum disorder, it is necessary to continue psychiatric care and monitor the conditions.
Almost 9% of children with autism get to “optimal outcome” but, unfortunately, almost all of them develop related disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression.
The team of researchers looked at 21 boys and 5 girls from 6 to 16 years old from Turkey who were diagnosed with autism in early childhood but lost it at least 2 years before the beginning of this study. After certain evaluations and medical records checking, researchers came to the conclusion that more than half of the children had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, nearly half had a severe anxiety about an object or situation, such as spiders or heights. 1 in 5 children had obsessive-compulsive disorder. That’s why it is very important to continue receiving psychiatric care and follow up on mental health for a long time.