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Risperdal

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My son Matt has been on risperdal for the last few months moving from .25mg to .75mg - this is supposed to take away his worries (?) I'm finding its making him worry more? Hes also taking sertraline 50mg - anyone with any experience on this would be great. Hes 13!...

 

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I found risperidone increased my worries and sertraline caused dystonia

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i was on risperdal ( risperdone) for severe anger issues physical aggression etc lashing out being restrained by parents i found it didn't work for me i found!

 

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Thanks people I've decided risperdal isn't going to work and so I'm weening him off the drug - does anything work to take away worries ie change in routine - your not coming to pick me up - going to get left in school overnight ??

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nothing can take away completely the daily anxieties /fears/worries as part of his AS but just keep reassuring him as this will help ease them

 

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Thanks people I've decided risperdal isn't going to work and so I'm weening him off the drug - does anything work to take away worries ie change in routine - your not coming to pick me up - going to get left in school overnight ??

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Thanks people I've decided risperdal isn't going to work and so I'm weening him off the drug - does anything work to take away worries ie change in routine - your not coming to pick me up - going to get left in school overnight ??

 

Yes. Coping strategies for the situation he's worried about. Stepson (5) was terrified of noises at night. Sure there were monsters. Had nightmares. We issued him with a torch, so he could see there were no monsters, and a large plastic toy club, so he could biff them IF there were any. Both kept by his pillow. No more nightmares.

 

Keep a chart recording the times you pick him up so he can see that you always pick him up and that not picking him up is very unlikely. Then try giving him a clear, simple coping strategy, in the form of a card with pictures on if necessary, for what to do in the very unlikely event that you don't come to pick him up etc.

 

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Im 48 and only recently become aware of my asd.The biggest most singular symptom of the last 35 years for me was insomnia and anxiety cused by the feedback loop of insomnia.2 months ago I began my first ever 'medication' which was risperdol 2 mg.The only benefit really was that it helped me restore my sleep pattern,the first 2 weeks I'd wake up in the morning and feel 'stoned' or hungover like after a drinking night out.I had problems walking straight for the first few hours in the morning and the other effect was instead of having 20 brilliant ideas a day i was reduced to 4 to 5 good ideas a day.I stopped taking it 3 weeks ago as I thought is was dumbing me down and my anxiety was just building up somwhere else in my physche.Since refusing to take it my care workers have been completly patronising and authoritarian and treating me like i've been sectioned under the mental health act,i.e. they think that this medication is compulsory for me.I have exxplained that the only benefit i see from it is that it has helped me get back into a normal sleep pattern and i explained that if my sleep pattern goes again i will happily take it temporarily to restore my sleep pattern.Last week I had flu and spent a few days in bed .One night I woke up covered in sweat and went down to the communal kitchen and made a brew.Immediatly my care staff started patronising me about looking really rough and ill and because it was 2 am they explained that this is what happens when you dont take your medication!!!!Rember that the drugs in most cases are about contaiment,not treatment.

With asd I would reccommend that you tire yourself out .Physical exercise produces happy endormorphins and helps greatly with sleep.Exercise will be far more positive than chemical sleeping pills.You must remember that many drugs used to 'treat' aha aha aha ASD's have been developed to cope with severe mental illnes ,NOT ASD's its just conveinient and cheap for the NHS to reach for the drugs,usually firstly to contain the symptoms ,not the cause.By taking a drug approach you are setting yourself up to forever be treated by drugs and the drugs in use mostly blot out any of the positive flip sides of asd/autisim which long term will result in hardcore long term mental illness.

The aspect of asd's and routines is worth pursuing as routines have a settling effect but routines should'nt be too rigid and to help sufferers adjust to changes in routines you should be positive and try to make sure that a routine change is a POSITIVE one.Sufferers with asd's should also resist the temptation to not participate in normal group activities as allthough asd sufferers are mostly socially shy they MUST learn and be given the coping skills to work with groups.Be carefull to not project the interpretation of the disabil;ity onto the sufferer as iy will result in a very unhappy self fullfilling phrophecy,concentrate more on physical solutions because in most cases the drugs dont work.

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Thank you Philipo for sharing your story with me. Things are very difficult at the moment as M is very up and down everything even simple things are a problem he is off risperdal but taking lustral, at the minute I'm just taking one day at a time and hoping things will get better - wishing you good luck for the future..K

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even though i feel this med didn't do 'anything' for me calm me down anger issues wise really severe physical outbursts lashing out at parents aggressive,violent etc side effect i blame why i piled on the pounds as put on in puberty and still struggling to shift after effects of meds so annoying! and also raised my hormones levels one which was high is one when you preggs! so had to come off it as leaking milk! having this weight prob makes me MORE LOW DEPRESSED .... taking ages to go!

 

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