Autism Risk not Result of Anti-Depressant Use
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new Danish study has not found a connection between women taking anti-depressants and having autistic children, refuting previous studies which had found a connection.
Researchers from Aarhus University examined 600,000 children born between 1996 and 2006, and their mothers. Initially researchers found an increased risk of autism in children whose mothers were prescribed anti-depressants. But later in the study, when researchers took into account the mental health of parents and siblings, they found taking anti-depressants didn’t raise the risk of autism.
"We know from previous studies that there is an increased risk for autism, among other things, if the parents have a mental diagnosis such as depression,” researchers Jakob Christensen, PhD was quoted as saying. "By analysing data for siblings we can see that the risk of having a child with autism is largely the same regardless of whether the mother takes antidepressant medication or not during the pregnancy."
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SOURCE: Clinical Epidemiology, November 2013
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