Psychosis in a Child with Atypical Autism: A Case Report and a Brief Review of the Association of Psychosis and Autism

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Swapnajeet Sahoo, MD; Susanta Kumar Padhy, MD; Neha Singla, MD; and Aakanksha Singh, MD

Drs. Sahoo, Singla, and Singh are Senior Residents and Dr. Padhy is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. 

Innov Clin Neurosci. 2018;15(3–4):33–36

Funding: The authors have received no funding in any kind for this manuscript.

Disclosures: The authors have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.

Abstract: Recent studies have shown that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at an increased risk of developing psychosis. Diagnosing psychosis in such individuals can be challenging when they present with symptoms at a young age. A careful history and thorough assessment are essential for proper diagnosis to avoid mislabeling certain behavioral problems encountered among children with ASD. We present the case of a 12-year-old child with atypical autism who developed psychotic symptoms that led to a diagnostic dilemma. Proper exploration of early childhood history, prompt treatment with an antipsychotic medication, and social skill training led to resolution of psychotic symptoms and improvement in disruptive symptoms of autism.

Keywords: Autism, psychosis, association, autism spectrum disorder, ASD

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Category: Case Report, Past Articles

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