Anxiety attacks

Anet - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have 4 children with very mild Autism, but who suffer from anxiety attacks. Two who are aged 9 and 7 are already on medication, but I don't want to leave them on it long term. The medication they are taking is called Lovan (floxatine). At this stage they are on the lowest dosage possible. Could someone please suggest an alternative, I'd be forever greateful

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Kim - posted on 02/16/2009

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Have you used Reliv products? They not only will help anxiety (which is where my relief came) but I was just at a conference in Ft. Worth, Texas and spoke with a mother of 8 children who has 1 autistic child. She got significant help! Call me at 937-901-5454 if you want to hear more about this alternative.



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From what I understand about Lovan, it works to increase serotonin levels by inhibiting the body's ability to block serotonin production. Some natural ways to acheive the same effect would be St. John's Wort and/or 5HTP. Both of these help even out moods so they would help with the anxiety and also have been used to treat autism. You could also look into using Biochemic Tissue salts to support brain functioning (they are also called cell salts).



Since your kids have mild autism, you should definitely practice some dietary intervention. Studies have shown improvement in children with autism when dairy, sugar, and all wheat/gluten are removed from their diets. In addition, I would add fish or flax oil to their diets because DHA is very important for brain and mood function and give them a B vitamin supplement.



These are all things you should be able to do while they are on the medication and then if you start seeing improvement, ask the doc about reducing/eliminating the drugs. I would also talk to your doctor or a nutritionist before making any big changes to their diets or adding a lot of herbs to what they're already taking, just to make sure of dosages for herbs, etc.

Lisa - posted on 02/12/2009

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I dont know much about autism, but I know A LOT about anxiety attacks. I have suffered from anxiety and depression, both, most of my life. Also my mother and sister as well. I have seen and experienced the effects of anti-depressants and anti-anxieties and they are not for me. I have used valerian root successfully for the past 3 years as a natural alternative to help take the edge off when I feel especially anxious. It keeps complete freak-outs away, yet doesnt put me in another state of mind as the drugs do. I dont know if this would be an appropriate option for your children or not for I have not needed to use any such thing for my children, but it is all natural and I checked the website where I purchase my supplements and they do carry a childrens version in drops. If you would like to check it out here is the link http://www.vitacost.com/HerbsForKidsVale... I hope this was of some help.

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