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  •  I am not a big fan at all (11+ / 0-)

    of medicating children in that manner. You are 100% right that at times it is used on teenagers with ASD as a band aide & as a substitute for having a trained staff to redirect the behaviors. My well wishes are with you & Leo and I hope that he continues to make progress in that setting.

    “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

    by Tool on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 06:40:36 AM PDT

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    •  We were very wary of meds (11+ / 0-)

      for our son who is on the spectrum (PDD NOS). But a few years ago, his OCD issues where becoming quite disruptive for him and us. We finally gave in and started him on a low dose of Zoloft. We were amazed at the difference. His OCD diminished greatly although not completely. His support people at school also noticed a huge improvement in his performance at school.

      Just this week though we decided to up his dose a bit because the OCD issues were reappearing. Meds, if done responsively, can be quite helpful. But one has to be careful with using them.

      •  Meds were a lifesaver for us.. (9+ / 0-)

        Without meds, our son has serious self-harming and rage control issues.. we went through it often, and meds were an absolute lifesaver.  They balanced him out and allowed him to work with others.   It's still a serious struggle.

        He takes several different ones at the moment, for ASD, Bipolar, OCD.. but when his meds are clicking he is a totally different person - he's happier, and so are we.  

        I can't imagine going back to the days of no meds.. just no way

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 07:25:51 AM PDT

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      •  Zoloft saved us, too (9+ / 0-)

        Same thing.  OCD, low dose, voila!

        The first jack-ass of a doctor started her on all the heavy hitters first, and it was several years of horrible side effects as he threw spaghetti at the wall to see what stuck.

        We moved to a new doc and he suggested the zoloft.  It was awesome, and no side effects at all.

        Meds can and frequently are overused, but they can be lifesavers when used judiciously and properly.

        I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

        by coquiero on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 07:32:02 AM PDT

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      •  Draco was on meds when he was younger (7+ / 0-)

        Most of them didn't work and had horrible side effects. Unfortunately zoloft didn't work for us, he turned into a zombie, half asleep all the time and had horrible nightmares about everyone dying and him killing himself. They stopped the day the zoloft stopped and never returned.

        What worked for him was a combination of Strattera and Abilify. But eventually medicaid refused to pay for either of those and wanted to put him on ritalin (which made his behaviors worse) and zoloft. So we took him off meds, as we had just started to home school and he had less stress anyway. He's been med free ever since. It hasn't been perfect but it actually worked better than having him on meds had.

        But I know that's just us. And some of that may have been his getting older and being better able to moderate himself a bit.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 09:48:17 AM PDT

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