Autism Speaks issued the first in a series of annual, in-depth reports on special topics in autism this week – Autism and Health: Advances in Understanding and Treating the Health Conditions that Frequently Accompany Autism.

The report concentrates on “understanding and addressing the many physical and mental health conditions that frequently accompany autism.”

“We now know that co-morbidities include epilepsy, gastrointestinal distress, sleep disturbances, eating and feeding challenges, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. While each new piece of high-quality research adds to our understanding of autism, it also adds to the complexity of developing the best practices to address the diverse needs of the autism community.”

The full 35-page report is available for download here on Autism Speaks’ website.