Aspergers, Anxiety and Medications

I’ve been talking about Elliott’s anxiety issues for quite some time now.

I wrote about his issues with germs as well as his unusually high anxiety level. As time passed by,  these issues have begun interfering with his daily life and reducing the quality of it as well.

In my experience,  kids with Aspergers are prone to issues with anxiety.  Does that mean that every child or adult with Aspergers struggles with anxiety?  No it doesn’t. 

Having said that,  my kids are perfect examples of Aspergers coupled with anxiety. 

We had Elliott to see Dr. Reynolds last week.  Elliott was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.  Which,  as I understand it,  means that he simply is overly anxious all of the time.

After a long discussion and a whole lot of thinking,  we decided to try medication. 

While it’s true that Elliott is harder to raise as a result of all the anxiety,  our main concern is for the quality of his life. I mean,  he worries so much about everything and his stress level is way to high for a kid his age.

We decided,  based on Dr. Reynolds advice,  that medication would be tried.  Basically,  he will be starting an extremely low dose of Zoloft as soon as the script is ready.

In low doses,  Zoloft aides in the reduction of anxiety. 

It’s not an easy choice to medicate your child.  However,  when done for the right reasons and managed by a good doctor,  medications can benefit even the life of a child.

I hope that this will provide Elliott with some much needed relief from the constant worrying and through the roof anxiety.

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Allyson

my 10 year old daughter with aspergers has really violent outbursts that, we finally have realized, are almost entirely due to anxiety resulting from impending social interactions that upset her. My oldest daughter has anxiety issues as well, but she can work though them (not on the spectrum) however, not the 10 year old. We have an appt in a week to talk about anxiety meds. I didn't even realize my own anxiety issues until I started taking medication for something else that had anxiety reduction as a side effect…….. and, wow. I hope to give her the same peace. It really IS a hard decision to medicate or not medicate, but I hate seeing my daughter struggle through every single social interaction for fear she's not good enough and if we can't help her get these rages under control we're all going to be in trouble (she's only ten and already 5 foot 3 inches and 120 lbs of muscle).

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