Repetitive behaviors in adults with Autism Spectrum disorders significantly lessen with antidepressant treatment

Date Published: 
December 5, 2011

Restricted, repetitive behavior, such as compulsive arranging and rigid adherence to routines, is a defining symptom of autism spectrum disorders. A 12-week study showed that the antidepressant fluoxetine produced a greater decrease in repetitive behaviors and more overall improvement than placebo in adults with autism spectrum disorders.