Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Substance Use Problems/Disorders in Individuals with ASD

  • Roald A. ØienEmail author
  • Anders Nordahl-Hansen
  • Marek ChawarskiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102122-1


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous condition defined by social deficits, restrictive interests, and repetitive behaviors. Individuals with ASD demonstrate highly variable levels of intellectual abilities, verbal skills, and adaptive functioning (American Psychiatric Association 2013). Psychiatric and medical comorbidities are frequently co-occurring in ASD, including anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), seizure disorder, sleep disorder, and a broad range of various somatic disorders (Bauman 2010; Joshi et al. 2010; Mattila et al. 2010; Muskens et al. 2017; Simonoff et al. 2008). However, little is known about the rates of substance use problems or substance use disorder (SUD) in this group. A recent literature review found that clinical assessment of substance use among individuals with ASD is infrequent, and the overall scientific evidence and understanding of potential relationships...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of educationUIT – The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Child Study CenterYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationØstfold University CollegeHaldenNorway
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA