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Depression, Anxiety Higher in Transgender Individuals With Autism

Key clinical point: Transgenderism often overlaps with autism, and levels of depression and anxiety were highest in transgender individuals with autism, compared with transgender individuals without autism and cisgender individuals.

Major finding: Individuals with autism who identified as transgender had significantly higher depression scores than those without autism (P = .002), and individuals identifying as transgender had significantly higher rates of depression than those identifying as cis (P = .001). Results were similar for anxiety.

Study details: The data come from an online survey of 727 adults who self-identified as gender variant, including 62 with an autism diagnosis.

Disclosures: The researchers were supported in part by scholarships from the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Baily Thomas Trust. They reported no disclosures.


Murphy J et al. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2019.101466.