Anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorders: Implications for treatment

Carly Johnco*, Eric A. Storch

*Corresponding author for this work

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Anxiety disorders are one of the most common psychiatric comorbidities among children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). There has been a recent proliferation of research examining the prevalence, phenomenology, assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders among youth with ASD. While there is currently very limited support for the use of pharmacological agents to treat anxiety among youth with ASD and comorbid anxiety, there has been overwhelming support across numerous modestly sized controlled studies for the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy. This review discusses advances in the treatment literature for anxiety in youth with ASD, and discusses the current evidence base for whether standard treatment needs to be adapted for this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1352
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


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