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Study Links Autism With Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

post #1 of 5
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So many things have been thought to be the cause of rising autism rates that I'm not sure what to think of another study about it, but I thought a lot of parents here might be interested. I see the article says the study is "cautiously worded."

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/study-links-autism-with-antidepressant-use-during-pregnancy/
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A cautiously worded study based on data collected in Sweden has found that “in utero exposure to both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (S.S.R.I.’s) and nonselective monoamine reuptake inhibitors (tricyclic antidepressants) was associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders, particularly without intellectual disability.”

The Swedish medical birth register, which contains data on current drug use reported by mothers early in their pregnancies, along with a system of publicly funded screenings for autism spectrum disorders and extensive national and regional registers of various health details, makes a detailed, case-control study possible — one that controls for other variables like family income, parent educational level, maternal and paternal age and even maternal region of birth (all factors the authors note have been previously associated with autism).

What do you think?
post #2 of 5
I think we need to understand what is causing the depression. It could be that nutritional deficiencies are causing the depression, and also adversely effecting the developing brain. The same is true of exposure to toxins. I'm sure there's other possibilities, too. Without understanding depression better, there is no clear understanding of how it relates to autism. This study is a step toward better understanding, and more studies are needed on related issues to gain more understanding. That's my opinion.
post #3 of 5

It sounds like something that deserves further study.  There have been increases in the number of women and men on antidepressants and there has been an increase in the number of autism diagnoses.  There may be some correlation, but it seems that this study did not find a definitive link.  But if autism might have a cause in simply having depression, has there been a big enough increase in depression to explain the increase in autism?

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My son has autism. I am currently on antidepressants, but was not during my pregnancy. We are treating my son's autism with a comprehensive biomedical approach following Dr. Amy Yasko's protocol. Through extensive research, she has found that the cause of autism is actually related to a combination of factors which include compromised immune systems and genetic mutations, both of which affect the methylation cycle (a complex cellular process in which one of the functions is to rid the body of toxins). Due to the methylation cycle being affected, children with autism are not able to rid the body of environmental toxins, viruses, or heavy metals in the way that children without autism can. We have seen tremendous success in treating my son with her comprehensive approach. I highly recommend googling her if you are interested in learning more about the underlying, systemic causes of autism. She has research articles and webisodes for viewing on her website. She truly is on the cutting edge of the root causes of autism.
post #5 of 5
The timing of the increase in antidepressant use and the increase of ASD makes me think there might be something to this...
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