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Internalizing Disorders in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Internalizing disorders are among the most common co-occurring conditions reported in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Anxiety and depression are the most prevalent internalizing disorders reported in this clinical population. These disorders can exacerbate existing autism symptoms, significantly impact quality of life, and make treatment more challenging. Although these disorders frequently co-occur in individuals with ASD, differentiating ASD symptoms from internalizing symptoms can be difficult. Nevertheless, their identification is crucial for accurate diagnosis and receipt of appropriate treatment. Furthermore, clarifying the nature of the link between autism and internalizing disorders is currently considered to be a priority in the field, as these disorders can interfere drastically with a child's ability to participate in home, school and community settings, and might impact on the child and family well-being.

The goal of this Research Topic is to examine internalizing disorders in individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan and across the ASD spectrum (e.g., individuals with a co-occurring intellectual disability). We welcome contributions shedding light on new paradigms, approaches and data from basic research, as well as clinical and intervention studies in developmental psychopathology, child and adolescent psychiatry, neuroscience, and clinical psychology. The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight new interdisciplinary research and create new knowledge regarding internalizing disorders in ASD that can be used in clinical and educational settings.

Topics may include:
• Epidemiological data on internalizing disorders in ASD across the lifespan and across the ASD spectrum (e.g., individuals with a co-occurring intellectual disability)
• Neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying developmental processes which contribute to internalizing disorders in individuals with ASD
• Original hypothesis that can shed light on the relationship between ASD and internalizing disorders
• Innovative methods for investigating the link between internalizing disorders and ASD
• Instruments designed to screen and diagnose internalizing disorders in individuals with ASD
• Treatment strategies for internalizing disorders in ASD

Appropriate contributions will include research articles, case reports as well as population-based studies, overviews, reviews, and meta-analysis.


Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, Internalizing disorders, Co-occurring, Anxiety, Depression, Diagnosis, Prevalence, Treatment


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Internalizing disorders are among the most common co-occurring conditions reported in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Anxiety and depression are the most prevalent internalizing disorders reported in this clinical population. These disorders can exacerbate existing autism symptoms, significantly impact quality of life, and make treatment more challenging. Although these disorders frequently co-occur in individuals with ASD, differentiating ASD symptoms from internalizing symptoms can be difficult. Nevertheless, their identification is crucial for accurate diagnosis and receipt of appropriate treatment. Furthermore, clarifying the nature of the link between autism and internalizing disorders is currently considered to be a priority in the field, as these disorders can interfere drastically with a child's ability to participate in home, school and community settings, and might impact on the child and family well-being.

The goal of this Research Topic is to examine internalizing disorders in individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan and across the ASD spectrum (e.g., individuals with a co-occurring intellectual disability). We welcome contributions shedding light on new paradigms, approaches and data from basic research, as well as clinical and intervention studies in developmental psychopathology, child and adolescent psychiatry, neuroscience, and clinical psychology. The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight new interdisciplinary research and create new knowledge regarding internalizing disorders in ASD that can be used in clinical and educational settings.

Topics may include:
• Epidemiological data on internalizing disorders in ASD across the lifespan and across the ASD spectrum (e.g., individuals with a co-occurring intellectual disability)
• Neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying developmental processes which contribute to internalizing disorders in individuals with ASD
• Original hypothesis that can shed light on the relationship between ASD and internalizing disorders
• Innovative methods for investigating the link between internalizing disorders and ASD
• Instruments designed to screen and diagnose internalizing disorders in individuals with ASD
• Treatment strategies for internalizing disorders in ASD

Appropriate contributions will include research articles, case reports as well as population-based studies, overviews, reviews, and meta-analysis.


Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, Internalizing disorders, Co-occurring, Anxiety, Depression, Diagnosis, Prevalence, Treatment


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 July 2021 Abstract
30 November 2021 Manuscript

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30 July 2021 Abstract
30 November 2021 Manuscript

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