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February 2016

Assessing Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children After Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(2):111-112. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3493

In autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the field saw a move away from discrete, all-or-nothing categorical criteria and entities to recognizing a spectrum of presentations with new diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition). Advances in genetics suggest a future in which our diagnostic boundaries, and even psychiatric taxonomy, may be redrawn yet again. At the same time, the prevalence of ASD is on a steady upward trajectory, and the search for explanations, particularly among environmental factors, is critically important.

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