Health Buzz: An Ineffective Autism Treatment

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 in Autism

Posted June 2, 2009
Trial Shows Autism Treatment Ineffective
The antidepressant Celexa, often prescribed for children with autism, doesn’t lessen the repetitive behaviors that are characteristic of the disorder, the Wall Street Journal reports. A government-funded study of 149 children with autism and similar disorders, published in Monday’s Archives of General Psychiatry, found participants who received Celexa had no more benefit than children who received a placebo. A good autism treatment should improve behavior significantly in more than 50 percent of kids, study author Lawrence Scahill told the Journal. Antidepressants, shown to be effective in children with obsessive-compulsive disorder who repeat behaviors, haven’t been thoroughly researched in children with autism. This study is the first to show the drugs do not help relieve repetitive behaviors of autism, which can include movement symptoms like rocking, swaying, or arm-flapping.