I wanted to open up a dialogue about #Autism and medication. I receive many emails asking for advice about whether or not I think it’s okay to medicate their child for #Autism related behavioral issues etc.
What is your personal experience with deciding whether or not to medicate your child, for whatever reason? What were your concerns? Was your doctor helpful? Have medications benefited your child or not?
I think this is an important topic because so many of us struggle with deciding whether or not to medicate our child. Hearing from other parents can really be a positive thing, regardless of opinions. Knowing that your are not the only one that has had to make this difficult decision can be comforting. Please share your questions, experience or even just your opinions.
Remember that I require that all my readers be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of differing opinions. 🙂
I will share my experience with medicating any of my kids. For us it came down to quality of life concerns. If medications could improve their quality of life, that was a good reason to consider it. We always researched everything before a new medication was started. One of the things I would ask myself is why are we even thing about this? Are we considering this to simply make our lives easier or is this the best thing for our son.
The decisions were never easy ones, especially with the hardcore medications we had to consider but with that said, it’s heartbreaking to watch your child struggle when there is something that could help. In so many ways, medications have helped our oldest Gavin, to regain part of his life that had been taken away by constant visual and auditory hallucinations brought on by a rare form of childhood schizophrenia. Knowing he’s no longer afraid of things that only he could see and hear is indescribable. Truthfully, bringing him relief brought it for us as well.