Study says young girls with autism show more anxiety than boys on the spectrum

A recent study that looked at girls and boys on the autism spectrum claims that girls report greater anxiety and mood swings as compared to boys with autism.

The study mainly focuses on children who are three years and older.

The study says that young girls have poor adaptive functioning skills as well. Most of the girls in the study, for instance, showed signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder as well.

Experts involved in the study say that an enlarged amygdala, which is an emotion hub in the brain, is the root cause of these mood swings and depression in kids with autism.

Parents must understand, diagnose, and treat the signs of depression. Parents of girls with autism must always be on the lookout for signs of emotional changes in the child.

This is one of the first studies to throw light on children with autism who are as young as three years of age.

Previous studies had confirmed that teenage girls with autism showed more signs of depression and anxiety, as compared to teenage boys with autism.

Watch in Sign Language

Read More