Cortisol Levels Higher in Lower-Functioning Autism

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cortizol[Source: Psych Central]

Lower-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit significantly higher levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone in humans, than both high-functioning children with ASD (HFASD) and typical children, according to researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College in New York State.

Previous research has found that people with ASD suffer from higher levels of stress and related issues, including anxiety. However, many of these studies have depended on informant rating scales and behavioral observations which have significant limitations for children with ASD.

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