Bipolar affective disorder in autism spectrum disorder

Mette Ungermann Fredskild, Rikke Engell, Lars Vedel Kessing


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a global prevalence of approximately 1%. This review summarises new evidence of association between bipolar disorder (BD) and ASD. The mood episodes of BD can present atypically in people with ASD, potentially leading to misdiagnosis. Anamnesis regarding family history of affective disorders as well as previous mood episode is important among people with ASD to capture the BD diagnosis. Precaution with SSRI-treatment among people with ASD is crucial as the treatment can potentially trigger a mood episode of an underlying BD.

Bidragets oversatte titelBipolar affective disorder in autism spectrum disorder
TidsskriftUgeskrift for Laeger
Udgave nummer33
StatusUdgivet - 15 aug. 2022


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/complications
  • Bipolar Disorder/complications
  • Humans
  • Mood Disorders/complications


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