Autism spectrum disorder

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What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorders/conditions are neural development disorders characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, restricted and repetitive behavior, with varying developmental and intellectual disabilities. These signs begin before a child is three years old.

Common symptoms reported by people with autism spectrum disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with autism spectrum disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (6)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
2 more

Data from patients with autism spectrum disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with autism spectrum disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for autism spectrum disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
restless feeling in legs stiffness in jaw 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for autism spectrum disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (6)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
increased appetite sore mouth (stomatitis)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
deadened emotions decreased sex drive (libido) 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for autism spectrum disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with irritability emotional lability 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
confusion worsening depression
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with autism spectrum disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has autism spectrum disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 291
20s 231
30s 181
40s 219
50s 103
60s 33
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 362
20-29 years 22
30-39 years 10
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 466
Female 589

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 506
Not Diagnosed 108

These charts show data from autism spectrum disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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