Mentally challenged teenage son defecating in "his" area and wiping with hands or using couch cover

Stacie - posted on 02/01/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 16 year old son has multiple diagnoses-anxiety disorder, PDD-NOS, sensory issues, possible bi-polar, etc. he has recently (1.5 months) started lamictal and he's had about 4 incidents of wiping himself with his underwear and throwing it away or wiping with the couch cover. I've even found a bit of poop on a wall. I'm in touch with his therapist but wondered if anyone else has had this experience, he's never has defecation issues in the past. Thanks.

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Carrie - posted on 02/25/2013

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Hi there ... My teen (only diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome so far, also hearing impaired) has been defecating in his room for about a year and a half off and on. He did it in trash bags or he would make "diapers" out of paper towels and trash bags, although I one found a stool in an empty dresser drawer. He had been doing the same with urine (but several more years back and much less frequently) and continues too off and on but progressed to defecation. We tried rewards, also behavioral therapy but he was too embarrassed to talk about it. He only does it at night after everyone else goes asleep.

He was put on clonadine for impulsivity control but it didn't help. We are seeing our psych this week for something (meds) to help with sleep, meltdowns/moods swings and the room crapping... Again.

Sorry to say but I'm at a loss. I'm hoping medication and regulation will help. It is for some reason his way of handling stress. I hate it, it is so disgusting!

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