Autism Spectrum Disorders

February, 2013 | Vol: 4 Issue: 1

In this issue

Learning Objective


Physician Advocacy for ASD: A Primer

Autism Spectrum Disorder - The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report (CCPR)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a family of neurodevelopmental disorders made up of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. While the pathophysiology behind these disorders remains largely unknown, each shares a specific constellation of symptoms including impaired communication, diminished social skills, and unusual behaviors or interests.

Comorbidity of Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD

Any psychiatrist will tell you that comorbidity in mental health is the norm. Comorbidity between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) is no exception.


Despite our best efforts, sometimes errors make it into the final newsletter. We’d like to thank Dr. Jonathan Gamze for pointing out the following errors in Volume 3, Number 5 (Substance Abuse, November 2012): 1) Antabuse was listed as available as a 200 mg pill; in fact it is available in a 250 mg pill; 2) Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, not buprenorphine and naltrexone, as erroneously stated in the report. Our apologies.

Expert Q&A

Improving Quality of Care for Autism

Dr. Mandell discusses the strategies and approaches that have an evidence base for working with autism, the impact autism has on families and the importance of inclusion.

Research Update

The DSM-5 Field Trials: What They Mean for Child Psychiatry

In advance of the official release of DSM-5 this May, the field trial data has been reported in three papers in the American Journal of Psychiatry.