Linking autism and addiction

An article in The Atlantic looks in depth at the link between autism and addiction.  Interestingly, it is  noted that “Overall, an autism diagnosis doubles the risk of addiction, the researchers found. Elevated risk is concentrated among those with an IQ of 100 or above. But across the spectrum, ADHD is a great multiplier of risk: Among those with autism and intellectual disability, having ADHD increases the risk of addiction fourfold; among those with an IQ in the typical range or above, ADHD increases the risk eightfold.”  The article looks at both risk factors for addiction and problems with treatment due to autism.

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