Autism and Early Death, specifically highlighting Suicide

I wrote yesterday about the statistics surrounding autistic people and suicidal ideation. And was asked by someone “but how many actually die as a result? And how does that compare to non-autistic people who die by suicide?”

This question can be answered with a simple graph, taken from a Swedish study into causes of the shortened lifespans exhibited by autistic people.

I may write a longer blog post in the future, about other interesting observations that can be made based on that study. But right now I’m just going to leave you with this graphic, while it’s still fresh in my mind.

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