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Research Article

Mood Disorders in Mothers of Children on the Autism Spectrum Are Associated with Higher Functioning Autism

Table 2

Self-reported clinical characteristics of mothers of children with an autism spectrum disorder and reported professional diagnosis of mood disorders (n = 489).

Bipolar disorderDepressionFisher’s exact/paired t-test P value
n = 74n = 415

Type of professional establishing diagnosis
 Psychiatrist51 (68.9)94 (22.7)<.001
 Psychologist16 (21.6)67 (16.1)
 Nonpsychiatrist physician6 (8.1)219 (52.8)
 Therapist1 (1.4)35 (8.4)
Severity of mood disorder (%)
 Inpatient psychiatric hospitalization27 (37.0)53 (12.9)<.001
 Considered/attempted suicide53 (71.6)232 (56.2)<.05
 3 or more depressive episodes69 (95.8)328 (80.2)<.01
Onset of mood disorder before having children (%)63 (86.3)266 (64.3)<.001

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