Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Co-Occurring Health Conditions 

Many people diagnosed with ASD may also have co-occurring health problems. 

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What are the health conditions that are commonly seen in those with ASD?

Someone with ASD may have other health conditions that may appear at any time over the life course. These additional conditions may mean someone with ASD needs more time and support to get through their day. It can be hard to find and test other conditions in someone with ASD if that person has trouble communicating. But it is important to look at and treat these conditions when possible. Treatment can improve quality of life and ability to function. 

Some mental health conditions affecting those living with ASD include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

People with ASD also have higher rates of:

  • epilepsy
  • sleep disorders
  • digestive issues
  • uncommon responses to pain (over- or under-reacting)
  • metabolism problems (how the body breaks down food for energy)
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