Researchers looked at the data from studies conducted in Israel, Sweden, and Stockholm County within Sweden and found that children have an almost three times higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) when at least one parent was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The risk was 2.6 greater than average when a sibling had schizophrenia. ASDs were twice as likely in children with a parent who had bipolar disorder and 1.6 times more when a sibling suffered from bipolar disorder. Determining a reason why there is a connection was beyond the scope of the studies, but considering that schizophrenia and bipolar disorders can be inherited, it’s suggested that genetic studies are needed.
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