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Irritability in autism spectrum disorders 

Irritability in autism spectrum disorders
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Irritability in autism spectrum disorders
Author(s):

Argyris Stringaris

and Eric Taylor

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674541.003.0008
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date: 16 December 2019

Irritability is a common problem in young people with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions can be the result of several developmental factors. Frustration often arises from interruption of young people’s rigid desire for sameness. Lack of communicative ability increases the sources of frustration. The reactions of other people are often mysterious to people in the autism spectrum and may be misinterpreted as hostility. A lack of cognitive flexibility and an altered reaction to stress can also play a part in generating irritability in this group. This chapter describes assessment, medication treatment, and psychological interventions for irritability in. autism spectrum disorders.

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