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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
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)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (4)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
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
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3

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
Perceived effectiveness
for autism spectrum disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite nausea
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for autism spectrum disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
deadened emotions depressed mood 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive sweating sweating
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
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 (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
1
  • 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
<20 301
20s 198
30s 167
40s 194
50s 90
60s 21
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 342
20-29 years 16
30-39 years 10
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

54% Female
46% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 468
Not Diagnosed 97

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