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)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
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)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

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)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
increased appetite sore mouth (stomatitis)
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps diarrhea 3 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (6) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy depressed mood 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for autism spectrum disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
emotional flatness (flat affect) hunger 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
autism spectrum disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea sweating
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for autism spectrum disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
restless feeling in legs slurred speech 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive appetite
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
  • 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?

  • 3 new patients joined this month
  • 866 say autism spectrum disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 291
20s 274
30s 204
40s 228
50s 134
60s 42
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 383
20-29 years 26
30-39 years 13
40-49 years 7
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 516
Female 657

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 547
Not Diagnosed 112

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