Tackling bullying could help reduce depression in autistic teens

A study found that autistic teenagers and those with difficulties in social communication have higher rates of depressive symptoms, especially if they are being bullied, Science Daily reports. Researchers from the University of Bristol found that these children had more symptoms of depression at age 10 than their peers and that this continued to age 18. The study suggests that it is bullying rather than genetic differences which led to an increase in depressive symptoms in autistic young people. The findings also suggest that protecting autistic children and teens from bullying could have a major impact on improving their mental health.

Date added 20 June 2018