Autism Spectrum Disorders Prognosis

The prognosis for people who have autism spectrum disorder varies greatly and is strongly influenced by early diagnosis and effective treatment. In many cases, the patient is able to lead a healthy and productive life that includes completing college and having a professional career.

People who have ASD may be at increased risk for developing depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Prevention of Autism Spectrum Disorder

There is no known way to prevent ASD; however, early diagnosis and intervention is the best way to prevent behavioral and emotional complications related to the disorders.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 05 Jul 2007

Last Modified: 01 Sep 2015