Children with autism at greater risk for suicide

Children with Autism at Risk of SuicideChildren who have autism may be at greater risk for thinking about or attempting suicide than children without the condition, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at data for about 1,000 children, including 791 kids with an autism spectrum disorder, 186  non-autistic children without a mental condition and 35 non-autistic children with depression. Parents gave numerical ratings describing whether and how frequently their children had contemplated or attempted suicide.

Children with autism were 28 times more likely to be rated as contemplating or attempting suicide "sometimes" to "very often," compared with children who didn’t have autism, according to the researchers. However, children with depression were three times more likely to receive these ratings compared to children with autism.

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