Background-Catatonia develops in children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Aim -To review catatonia in autism spectrum disorders. method A case-report is presented and discussed. Results- Catatonia is a comorbid syndrome occurring in 12-17% of selected groups of adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders who have been referred for specialised care or admitted to hospital. Clinical experience and case-reports indicate that benzodiazepines and electroconvulsive therapy can be used safely and effectively in both the treatment in acute cases and maintenance - l treatments for catatonia patients with autism spectrum disorders. Conclusion -Catatonia is a recognisable and treatable syndrome in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology

Dhossche, D, Van Der Steen, L.F, & Shettar, S.M. (2015). Catatonia in autism spectrum disorders: Review and case-report. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie (Vol. 57, pp. 89–93). Retrieved from