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Just a bit of musing on medication for meltdowns in Asperger Syndrome and how, while probably not for everyone (ok, definitely not), they have really changed my life for the better.

My wife and I had a disagreement this morning.  It was nothing earth shattering, just typical married stuff, really, but I realized that if we had carried on the same conversation a year ago, it would have ended with me shouting or banging my head or generally melting down.  It’s amazing how far I have come since last May, when I started Abilify.  I still have my less than shining moments, but I can’t tell you the last time I had a severe meltdown.  Heck, it’s been ages since I had a minor meltdown.  I’m not saying that every Aspie should be on Abilify, or even that every Aspie needs medication, but I am saying that I am amazed at the difference it has made in MY life.  When they told me it could reduce the severity of meltdowns, I envisioned myself still melting down every day, but perhaps without the concussions or yelling for hours about trivial things.  It’s amazing the difference it has made in me, and I thank the universe for it.  I just wish I had known sooner, that it had been prescribed when I was younger, before I made so many life-altering mistakes during meltdowns.  If you’ve toyed with the idea of medication, do your research, but I guess I just want people to know that it CAN work.  For me, it was a lifesaver.

What have your experiences been?  Since I have learned that there are people out here reading my ramblings, what is it like for you?  Has medication helped?  Hurt?  Are you averse to using it?  I was.  I still have days where I hate that I have to rely on some drug to keep me balanced.  I'd love to know what you guys (and other ladies) have to say.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Please check out my book on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Elaine-M-Day/e/B00IKR95D8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

    by AspergerSurvival on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 10:28:50 AM PST

  •  My son could benefit from something like this (2+ / 0-)
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    viral, elmo

    But since he's only 15 I'd rather not medicate him. But that's his single biggest problem -- rare but very emotional outbursts in school. He just got a one day suspension for an incident that ended with him flipping the desk of another student. He'll go 10 or 12 weeks without an incident and then something gets him the wrong way and we're in the principle's office trying to figure out what we can do. So far the school has been willing to work with us but my son is also HUGE. He's in 9th grade but stands 6'5" and weighs over 330lbs. When he gets mad the other kids are understandably uneasy. At some point they're going to say he's a threat to the other students and expel him. Then what will we do?

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 10:47:54 AM PST

    •  Medication may save the day. (2+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, wilderness voice

      You can always try and quit if it is not the best option.  I don't know much about Abilfy. My son was on it for a while but he took a mixture of many drugs and is not autistic.  When you live waiting for the anvil to drop I suggest it is worth a try.

      Everyone! Arms akimbo! 68351

      by tobendaro on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 11:40:35 AM PST

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    •  This pattern of outbursts is not unusual for (1+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama

      mild AS.

    •  First and foremost (0+ / 0-)

      do not diagnose him. It could be anything from Bipolar to Intermittent Explosive Disorder.  Have him see a doctor - if you haven't already - right away.

      Under doctor's care he might have to go through several meds until you find the right one, preferably one without symptoms since that could cause him to skip his doses.

      A million Arcosantis.

      by Villabolo on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 01:19:54 PM PST

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      •  I forgot that you said he was too young for meds (0+ / 0-)

        However you may want to reconsider it under doctor's advice.

        A million Arcosantis.

        by Villabolo on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 01:23:35 PM PST

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      •  Speaking of diagnosing (0+ / 0-)

        Don't try to diagnose my actions. Of course we've taken him to doctors and had him tested. The school district wouldn't accept a claim of autism without medical evidence. But any decent doctor will work with parental concerns and not just ram medicine into their child. We've tried various medications over the years with varying degrees of success and always with side effects that ultimately made the medicines not worth it. When your child tells you the medicine makes them feel awful you stop the medicine. Or at least I hope you would.

        Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

        by ontheleftcoast on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 01:47:36 PM PST

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  •  I'm in the "whatever works and feels ok (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, mamamorgaine

    for a particular individual" camp. I'm glad you found something that works for you.

    Our daughter is 22 and is on the spectrum. She'd have very rare meltdowns, maybe 3 or 4 a year, max ...some years not at all. The other night I noticed she started to have a meltdown but stopped herself. WOW!

    We use cognitive behavioral techniques to help her with meltdowns and her OCD spells. But this time, I didn't even cue her/remind her to use the techniques.

    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      elmo, mamamorgaine

      I am definitely in the what works for you camp as well.  That is impressive about your daughter.  I have found myself doing that more and more lately, to the point where sometimes my wife doesn't even realize that I was about to melt down.  It feels very empowering.

      Please check out my book on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Elaine-M-Day/e/B00IKR95D8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

      by AspergerSurvival on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 01:16:54 PM PST

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