Family History of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder as Risk Factors for Autism

Published July 2, 2012 in Archives of General Psychiatry

Researchers discuss the association between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ASD, and suggest the conditions share etiologic factors. Family history of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder was associated with increased ASD risk across three data sets. Individuals with schizophrenic siblings were 12 times more likely to have autism compared to those with no family history of schizophrenia.

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