Dolores MalaspinaDepartment of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York, USA
Comorbid Autism and Schizophrenia are Bowel Complaints Somatic Delusions?
Author(s): Mohammed Mazharuddin, Matthew A Petrilli and Dolores Malaspina*
Autistic spectrum disorders and schizophrenia are highly comorbid. Both entail socioemotional deficits so the additional diagnosis of schizophrenia requires the emergence or substantial worsening of psychotic and features for a month, or less if they are successfully treated. This manuscript illuminates the potential for the misdiagnosis of adult ASD as schizophrenia when patients are evaluated cross-sectionally without developmental information. Moreover, worsening suspiciousness in an adult with childhood ASD upon the development of severe gastrointestinal symptoms were diagnosed as paranoid and somatic delusions, leading to a diagnosis of schizophrenia, years of ineffective antipsychotic medication treatment and institutionalization. His GI symptoms predominated his course. Upon receiving information on his childhood developmental condition and adult functioning h.. Read More»