Skip to Content

Rates of Suicide, Suicide Attempts Up for Individuals With Autism

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 -- The rates of suicide attempts and suicide are increased among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online Jan. 12 in JAMA Network Open.

Kairi Kõlves, Ph.D., from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues conducted a cohort study using nationwide register data from Jan. 1, 1995, to Dec. 31, 2016, for 6,559,266 individuals in Denmark aged 10 years or older.

The researchers found that 35,020 individuals received a diagnosis of ASD. Overall, there were 64,109 incidents of suicide attempts (0.9 percent among individuals with ASD) and 14,197 suicides (0.4 percent among individuals with ASD). The rates of suicide attempt and suicide were more than threefold higher for persons with ASD compared with those without ASD (adjusted incidence rate ratios [aIRRs], 3.19 and 3.75, respectively). Those with ASD had higher rates of suicide attempts across all age groups. Compared with those without any psychiatric disorder, individuals with a diagnosis of ASD with other comorbid disorders had an aIRR of 9.27 for suicide attempts. Overall, 92.3 and 90.6 percent of the individuals with ASD who attempted suicide and who died by suicide, respectively, had at least one other comorbid condition.

"Psychiatric comorbidity was found to be a major risk factor, with more than 90 percent of those with ASD who attempted or died by suicide having another comorbid condition," the authors write.

Abstract/Full Text

Editorial

© 2021 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Posted: January 2021

Read this next

Decline in U.S. Suicide Rates From 2018 to 2019 Not Uniform

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2021 -- The rate of suicide declined overall from 2018 to 2019 in the United States, with significant declines observed in five states and among certain...

Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates Decreased From 2018 to 2019 in U.S.

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- From 1999 through 2018, there was an increase in age-adjusted suicide rates, followed by a significant decrease from 2018 to 2019, according to a February...

ED Visit Volume Dropped for Mental Health, Substance Use Early in Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2021 -- Emergency department visits for mental health, substance use, and violence decreased in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study...

More News Resources

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of Drugs.com in your inbox.