Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp 2800–2808 | Cite as

The Clinical Features of Comorbid Pediatric Bipolar Disorder in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Dicle Sapmaz
  • Saliha BaykalEmail author
  • Seher Akbaş
Original Paper


The aim of this study was to describe clinical features of PBD comorbidity in children with ASD. Forty children with ASD and PBD aged 6–18 years, and 40 age- and sex-matched ASD subjects with no affective episodes were included in the study. Autism Behavior CheckList, Abberant Behavior CheckList, and Young Mania Rating Scale-Parent Version were completed. This study shows that PBD comorbidity in children with ASD involves a highly episodic course, with manic episodes, subsyndromal symptoms and interepisodic periods commonly being described in the manic symptom profile of these children. These findings need to be repeated with large samples, together with controlled studies concerning therapeutic interventions directed toward PBD comorbidity in children with ASD.


Autism Spectrum Disorders Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Comorbidity 


Author Contributions

DS, SB, SA are involved in determining the aim and method of the research, and in the data collection, data analysis, reviewing the existing literature, and writing stages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryÇanakkale State HospitalÇanakkaleTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Namık KemalTekirdağTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatryİstinye UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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