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Prevalence of Autism

In her classic work Autism: explaining the enigma, Uta Frith (2003, p. 34) states:

Autism is not a modern problem, even though it has only been recognised in modern times. In view of the short history of psychiatry, and the even shorter history of child psychiatry, we know that a disorder recently described is not necessarily a recent disorder. An increase in diagnosed cases does not necessarily mean an increase in cases.

In the UK, the estimated prevalence in adults is about 1.1%, with relative consistency across studies [National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, 2012; SIGN, 2016; Buckley, 2017; National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health, 2017; BMJ, 2018; National Autistic Society, 2018a].




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