Although autism has long been recognized as a separate diagnostic entity from schizophrenia both disorders share clinical features childhood onset schizophrenia cos considered a rare and severe form of schizophrenia frequently presents with premorbid developmental abnormalities. The relationship between psychotic illnesses particularly schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder asd is complex with suggestions that there is substantial overlap between the two conditions 1 however they differ considerably in age at onset with the former usually first becoming apparent in adolescence and early adulthood and the latter in early childhood. Features first just about 70 miles north of foss feigs office in new york city is the lab of autism researcher james mcpartland at the yale child study centerhe served as her postdoctoral mentor and like foss feig says autism researchers can learn a lot by studying people with psychosis. Emerging study results suggest that there are both clinical and biological links between autism and schizophrenia the question regarding whether there is phenotypic overlap or comorbidity between . Schizophrenia or autism it is very important to clarify questions about schizophrenia and autism he says whereas autism is present and can be diagnosed in the first years of life the first signs of psychosis in childhood onset schizophrenia do not come on until years later he says
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