"Autism-plus" Spectrum Disorders: Intersection with Psychosis and the Schizophrenia Spectrum
Department of Psychiatry
Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Patients are often encountered clinically who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and also have symptoms suggestive of a comorbid psychotic disorder. A careful assessment for the presence of comorbid disorders is important. However, the core deficits seen in ASD, in social reciprocity, communication, and restricted behaviors and interests, can be mistaken for psychosis. Also, there is a subset of patients who present with a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with impairments that cross diagnostic categories. This article reviews the connections between ASD and psychosis, and highlights the key points to consider in patients who present with these "autism-plus" disorders.
Autism, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Multiple complex developmental disorder, Multidimensionally impaired