Adults with Asperger Syndrome May Have Higher Suicide Risk

 – June 24, 2014  –– 

Adults with the milder form of autism known as Asperger syndrome are much more likely to think about and attempt suicide than those in the general population, a new British study suggests. Alex Kolevzon, MD, Clinical Director the Seaver Autism Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said the study "will likely have an impact on patient care by raising clinical suspicion for suicidality [in patients with Asperger syndrome] and highlighting the need for treatment and close monitoring."

-Dr. Alexander Kolevzon, Clinical Director, Seaver Autism Center, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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