Autism lifts suicide risk
RESEARCHERS say psychiatrists need urgent training on the diagnosis and management of autism in adults, who are at greater risk of suicide.
Older Australians on the autism spectrum are being let down by a gap in mental health services for autistic adults, a gathering of psychiatrists has been told.
“Autism is not a mental illness but people with autism are at very high risk of getting a mental illness,” Dr Cathy Franklin said. “The message is psychiatrists need to learn more about autism.”