aspergers anger problems does medicine work

Cathy - posted on 02/23/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My 8 yr old son was diagnosed with ADHD,Aspergers this year with high anxiety and most recently out of control meltdowns. It is getting worse as he gets stronger. I have never believed in drugging kids but my fear is he will hurt himself or others. He is the sweetest child until he goes into these episodes that sometimes he cannot remember. NOw they are talking a mixture of possible bipolar.but really it depends on what dr. you talk to. He started Abilify 2mg 2 days ago and need to know if anyone that has similar problems can share experience with the different drugs they are giving my son that may have hurt or helped your child.

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Marvin - posted on 12/31/2013

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I was diagnosed with very mild aspergers and occasionally had meltdowns at the age of 10. I was put on Abilify until the age of 13 then risperidal until 16. The meltdowns did stop and my behavior improved, but I was anti- social and ended up giving up socially. At 16 when I was off the medicines I could finally be myself and noticed that I improved in everyway I lost the side effect weight gain, Vastly improved in academics and made many new positive friendships. I am now 18 years old and look back at when I was on that medicine and realize that it may have made me listen to my parents and keep my mouth shut, but if I had gotten time to improve my behavior naturally I would have succeeded at changing into a better person earlier.

Cathy - posted on 03/28/2012

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Thanks for responding it is great to get feedback from other parents. My son is on home school program until we can get his medicine regulated and he feels he can return to school without meltdowns. I know what you mean how is it that these teachers don't have to go through training to deal with these precious children. My son's teacher has put me in anger more then a few times because she always wants to express her opinion for which she isn't qualifed. She would like to think that my son does it on purpose and I ask why would any child put themselves through what these children do. My son started out fine when he started but as the months went by and his diagnosis got worst the episodes got severe. My son would spend days under a desk scared and angry without lunch and refusing to come out. I had to push and push to get him an IEP because without that they can claim anything. He has been on Abilify 5mg for the last month and so far it has worked wonders at home and hoping when he starts back to school it will help his keep control. He still gets upset but now he calms down and there isn't any anger like there was before he started this medicine. He has been hungry alot but luckily he is not overweight and we are hoping keeping him active will help keep any extra weight off. As I told his teacher this school better get ready because everyday more and more kids get these diagnosis and they need to get these teachers ready to handle it. This is a mental disability and they need to be able to handle them as they would if it were a physical disability. His teacher tried to punish him during his episodes and even after he would come out of it and apologize she would still turn it around and get him so upset it would send him back into another meltdown. This is first teacher in all his school that he feels doesn't like him and that I can tell he doesn't feel good with her. These kids are frustrated and scared and they feel no one understands.

Angela - posted on 03/10/2012

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My son is 11 and was recently diagnosed with Aspergers , Tourettes , and a unspecified mood disoder most likely Bipolar.He has had anger problems and anxiety since he was 4 years old. After he reached 9 we started to notice more changes.Than just this last year when reaching 11 he started going through hormone changes- puberty and everything changed for the worse.He now is hard to recognize as our child the anger fits have turned into very violent and dangerous episodes filled with phsycotic rage.And really that is putting it lightly. He is now on his 3rd vist to a mental health crisis facility. He has bee on several medications in his young life and Ambilify was one of them.It seemed to help during the first few months and than it really didnt do much for him. He as alos taken Risperdal and that one helped the most .Now that his hormones are so out of control it seems like nothing will work.It is hard to find a med that will work for a long period of time in children because they constantly change all the time and grow .I always used this -Only drug if they are in danger of hurting themselves or others .If you wait to long the choice may not be yours.If he has an episode at school and he is baker acted it is out of your hands and the facility Dr. chooses your childs best interest and meds.Keep an eye on Early signs of puberty a common accurance in Aspergers children.That is when the most severe symptoms will come out!Good luck to you!

Marvin - posted on 12/31/2013

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I was diagnosed with very mild aspergers and occasionally had meltdowns at the age of 10. I was put on Abilify until the age of 13 then risperidal until 16. The meltdowns did stop and my behavior improved, but I was anti- social and ended up giving up socially. At 16 when I was off the medicines I could finally be myself and noticed that I improved in everyway I lost the side effect weight gain, Vastly improved in academics and made many new positive friendships. I am now 18 years old and look back at when I was on that medicine and realize that it may have made me listen to my parents and keep my mouth shut, but if I had gotten time to improve my behavior naturally I would have succeeded at changing into a better person earlier.

Lisa - posted on 09/26/2012

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My son also has the same problem with school . Was dignosed with asbergers , My son has tried abilify ,adderal , fluxine, resperdal, and many others nothing seems to work . I was told there is no medication for just anxiety but some times the medication dont help with that either. I hope the best for you My son is 7.

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Anita - posted on 02/08/2013

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My son has Aspergers, he medicines is 30 mg. His mg might be to low, I would ask his doctor about his low mg. I have seen 10 to 15 mg. I don't know if this help but i can say I think your son is a good medicine. I didn't want to Mediate my son but he got so out of control at school that he needed something. My son was fine at home with me but as soon as he went to school it was something else. There is a lot to know about Aspergers kids, you need to take the time to read books on it. Knowledge is power.

Kathy - posted on 04/10/2012

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When you guys say your children have episodes what do you mean?



My son is 12 and diagnosed with ODD... ADHD.. and PDDNOS... his episodes (to me) he used to get mildly violent.. more like throw huge loud tempertantrums..



But now (well before xmas) He had 4 very violent episodes at school.. 2 of those 4 he picked up desks and chairs and threw them around the room and the last time his aid ended up badly hurt :(



He doesn't do this at home at all.. well we see the signs instantly and have helped him over the years to teach him to cope with his anger and find other solutions.. he will usually go to his room and deal with it himself but there are times we have to help him calm down right away and suggest to go somewhere qu iet by himself.



I did not realize it was very normal for Autism kids to have episodes like this :( I am tryin to work with the school but all they are doing is refusing to let him go back to school and pointing the finger at me (Its all my fault I must be VERY abusive at home - call child welfare on the parent).... letting him go to resource rooms at other schools for 2 hours a day.. 1 hour at a time... in a room by himself.. and now they want him to go to middle school full time starting september *sigh*



Kinda glad to see I am not alone in this world and there are other parents who care about their child who have the similar problems as I do

Jen - posted on 03/29/2012

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Abilify does seem to work really well with irritability in children with Autism. My stepson would act like he immediately needed to be checked in some where but now with the Abilify it is not as severe.

Christina - posted on 03/28/2012

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Hi Cathy,



My son is 10 yrs. old. He is currently in the 4th grade and has been diagnosed with Aspergers/PDD/ODD and ADHD. He also have SEVERE meltdowns in school and only at school. We started Abilify 2mg 3 months ago he also takes Concerta 36mg. It worked well for the time being, however his meltdowns have escalated to him hurting himself and others primarily his resource teachers and a behavior specialist who in my opinion have no form of specialized training with kids that have Aspergers. We recently had to up his dose on Abilify to 4 mg just to get him through a solid day of school. However increasing the dosage on the Abilify has not only made my son very sleepy but very zoned out if you know what I mean. Bottom line is that Abilify works in limited dosages, however it does not solve or guarantee the meltdowns will stop, my son has 3 major meltdowns in the last week on abilify. I think if anything these poor kids are just frustrated that these teachers at their schools do not understand how to teach and communicate with them without punishing them in some form.



Christina

Kim - posted on 03/07/2012

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Your story sounds all too familliar. Based on personal experience, the only way to determine the right meds is by trial/error. Make one change at a time so you can tell for sure what is helping and what isn't. I know it is time consuming, but keeping a journal was helpful for us. I had to become VERY involved with my son's education, to the point of being pushy. Unfortunately many school districts don't want to put in the effort to make sure the classroom enviornment is conducive for children who do not fit into their pre-determined boxes. Stand up for your child, be his advocate... you know him best. Be patient (I know that seems impossible). You WILL make it through and you WILL have more days with the amazing, wonderful, loving, fun child you know is there than you have with the kiddo that has meltdowns. Feel free to message me directly if you have specific questions or just need someone to vent to.

Cathy - posted on 03/07/2012

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Actually we did move and he is going to a new school which hurt him and he also started for the first time at a school where his older brother no longer goes with him. I am hearing from alot of people it is just the age that seems to start into the bad part, he is 8. I'm sure it didn't help with the move to new school but thing is he started out good and then the moods really started taking over but to these poor kids going thru medicines after medicines trying to find the right one. He had tried all the ADHD only to find out they weren't helping then we realized he had Aspergers this year before starting school and high anxiety along with the most current bipolar mixed in there somewhere. I think I have heard that alot of times kids are diagnosed as ADHD when really it is something else like Anxiety mixed in with mood swings....gee do these dr's really know ???? It kills me seeing some kids that parents/teachers don't try to see the underlined stuff they just want to label them bad behavior..how do kids stand a chance if parents are ignoring what is going on.

Kim - posted on 03/07/2012

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Cathy,

Have you examined what might be different between last year and this year at school? Could there possibly be a change in his school enviornment that could account for the increasing behaviors? Just a thought.

Cathy - posted on 03/07/2012

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Well we are still trying Abilify and had started at the smallest dose 2mg which didn't help with mood swings so now we are going to the next level 5mg. There are so many medicines out there and it hurts to them doing fine and you have hope then all of sudden something small can make them just explode and out of control then like a snap of a finger they can go back to happy and loving. I know when my son gets like that he is even to strong for my husband who is a big guy the strength is scary. Has abilify worked for others and if so what age and mg is your child. I can't believe that so many kids are on 3 different types of strong medicines. If it were summer and no school life would be easier but out of control is school is even more scary. I don't know how other have dealt with this but I know last year my son was nothing like this he just had minor times when he would get scared but this year it is crazy run out of control behaviour if we could only hold on to the hope that he will be himself once again.

Dianne - posted on 03/07/2012

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I would really like to learn more about Abilify. I hear about this med so often.

Jenn - posted on 03/05/2012

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I was te same waybut they do grow older and stronger and without help it puts the rest of the family and the child at great risk. My now 15 yr old is on zoloft and he is a completely different child behavioraly. Ny 6 yr old takes a small dose of prozac at night. There are so many diferent meds ou just have to figure outwhich one is best for your child

Kim - posted on 03/04/2012

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Each child will respond to each medication differently, but my son (10) HAS had some improvement with medication. It has been a long and frustrating road to find the right medications and right school environment to best help him. Be patient and keep the lines of communication open with the prescribing DR.

Shellie - posted on 02/23/2012

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Hey Cathy,

My son is now 15 yrs.old..He was diagnosed when he was in 2nd grade..He has been on Abilify for a long time and i can for sure tell a difference in his behavior, My Jacob would have meltdowns at school and home that he couldn't control..and wouldn't know why he even got upset.

It has been a long rd for us but we have come along way, i have learned alot about who my son is and what he's all about..I also learned that Meds for ADHD do NOT help at all..that is not that part of the brain that Asperger's is associated with and it has horrible side effects.

Shellie

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