Study: Antidepressants, genetic risk factors play role in autism

A study has found that antidepressants, or SSRIs, taken during pregnancy, when combined with an underlying genetic risk, could lead to an increased severity of autism.

“What we saw was that in children who had an underlying genetic risk for autism, and also were exposed to an SSRI during pregnancy, those children had an increased risk of a high severity of autism,” said Dr. Sean Ackerman, a child psychiatrist with SSM Health and author of the study.

The study looked at 2,700 families with a child with autism.

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17th August 2017
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