can an 10yr old boy,with autism have depresstion?

Karen - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my son is 10yrs with autism! has started to hurt himself on his legs & arms! i taken him to the doc's & they said they all do it,& he is to young to be depressed, but 1day he is happy,the next he day he sad!!! help plzz

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Courtnee - posted on 03/21/2011

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Right now I am dealing with something very simular, not so much in hitting himself but some very serious behavior changes. Everything sprouted during his spring break which had me trying to devulge what is going on with him. He went to lunch with my mother and I this past week and out of no where he starts to say my husband is a meanie and i am a meanie lover and that i punch him in the face. I kept asking him why he was saying that and my mom for a half a second started to believe him until she saw me cry and he fessed up to missing her but he keeps circulating back to saying really mean things that are hurtful. I also have noticed his appetite has been dismal and have read that this can be a sign of depression. I spoke to his teachers about what i am dealing with and they said they can gather some names and phone numbers of physciatrist. I'm starting to believe he might be depressed, maybe brought on by early adolecense? he will be 11 this summer and bipolar runs in my family, it doesnt skip a generation and if this is what he has i dont want to wait on getting him help. i made a mess of my life without being diagnosed or treated until my late 20's and my mother in her mid 40's. I hope you find the answers you seek.

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doc could be right my wee one has autism as well when hes frustrated about something thats upsets him he hits his head of floor and walls so it could be frustrated and upset

Stacy - posted on 09/05/2010

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well my son is 10 and he has been injurying himself since he was 4 so for me this nothing new but you have to concider he may be starting hormone changes. when kids with mental issues start dealing with homones they they cant control what is going on in ther body

Bobbie - posted on 09/04/2010

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Just want to say that it is a pleasure to hear so many educated women talking about a subject that used to be taboo and explaining it in a way that everyone can understand. Thank you all for standing tall!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/04/2010

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Yes, a child with Autism can also have a co-morbid diagnosis of depression, bi-polar disorder as well as other diagnoses. My son is living with Asperger's as well as bi-polar disorder. I would definitely find another doctor and have them evaluate him. Please let us know how it goes.

Amanda - posted on 09/04/2010

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I just attended a lecture by Dr. Casey Schmidt, a clinical psychologist in our area, on this very subject. It's very common. The idea that "kids this young can't get depression" is old-school thinking, and now the medical community is apparently realizing that depression, anxiety and even bipolar disorder can be recognized and diagnosed in young children. Trust your instincts and get your child evaluated by an expert.

Please let us know how everything works out. This must be a very tough time for you and your family.

Amanda
Blogging for Billy at www.AmandaBroadfoot.com
"Life is a spectrum."

Dianne - posted on 09/02/2010

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Actually my 10 year old son has Asperger's syndrome, and he is diagnosed depressed. No one knows why he is depressed, but with a mixed DX of As and ADHD, I'm not terribly surprised. My son has never actually tried to kill himself, but he has said he wishes he were not alive, that he wants to die, and that he does not deserve to be alive. It kills me every time we hear it.

I try and hold him, take him somewhere quiet and just hold and rock him. We have a rocking chair in our room. It seems to help quite a bit. At his worst he would hit himself in the head with his fist. He was seeing a child pshycologist for a while, but it did not do much good as the Doctor could barely speak english. There was no way my son could understand her!

Dee Dee - posted on 09/02/2010

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Find another doctor, sometimes the recommendations from the pediatrician is a good start but my son's teacher recommended his psych. and we have been happy with him...we'll get to the bottom of this..be blessed

Karen - posted on 09/02/2010

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you know what bi-polar is in my family. my sis has it! but i told them that! they know my family is bad for mental things! but you are right! i'm going to get him tested again!! they are not allways right! i talk to his school teacher to day,& they say its not right for him!

Dee Dee - posted on 09/02/2010

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It sounds as if your son may have symptoms of bi-polar, my son has aspergers-autism but he also has bi-polar disorder, one day a happy go lucky child the next day brooding and moody..definitely find another doctor since this one isn't taking you seriously, have him retested again, I had to have my son retested twice because the doctor we had in one state wrote in my son's medical files that he didn't mention other illnesses because I seemed as though I couldn't handle the 1st diagnosis & I had commented on the stress in my homelife and he didn't feel I would handle things well

Melissa - posted on 09/02/2010

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I would find a new doctor, or at least go back to that one and tell him, "No, they don't all do it," and ask that he not dismiss your son's new behavior. There are many different reasons why he may be doing it. It could be sensory, or it could have to do with stress. Depression is not something to mess around with, especially when he is at an age where he is entering adolesence.

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