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Aspergers Medication

There is no official medication or treatment which can cure Aspergers but as there are many other disorders often seen to reside along with Aspergers medication is used to treat them or at least to bring these secondary disorders in control. Disorders like ADHD, Torrette’s Syndrome, Anxiety Disorder and Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD and many others are commonly found in a youngster or an adult suffering from Aspergers.

Certain drugs like clonidine, naltrexone, antipsychotics, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs have been used over the year to try and reduce the various effects of Aspergers. These drugs help to treat the repetitive behaviors but a lot is to be tested before one starts with these medicines as many children in the past have complained about having to face abnormalities regarding metabolism and cardiac transference time as well as long term neurological problems.

Risperidone is one drug which is supposed to help out the child in dealing with self-injurious behavior as well as with violent outbursts and stereotyped behavior. But this drug can cause a child to gain weight and also causes fatigue and for some these symptoms lead to restlessness and sustained muscle contractions.

Many drugs are used to deal with hyperactivity, irritability and aggression but none of the medicines are regular. The doctor prescribes the medicines based on individual patients as the other conditions of his or her health is a determining factor of the probable treatment. There are medicines given for mood swings, attention problems, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD.

These drugs are only used to control the situations so that they do not get worse than what already is. They can be anti-depressant medicines in order to help the child with severe depression issues and it can also be stimulants. There are medicines given to make the child with Aspergers more relaxed so that he or she is not stressed out all the time which is fairly common.

The medicines can be both over the counter and prescribed but it is always advisable that one gets prescribed drugs only as the medicines can indeed worsen situations as these are all chemicals and chemicals can always react in an adverse way. Using the drugs for a long time also causes side effects and almost all of the medicines have been reported to cause this. SSRIs like Prozac, Zoloft or Paxil are prescribed to treat idiosyncratic thinking and aggression and these are basically anti-depressant drugs.

Mainly there are a few therapies which are in popular use with people having Aspergers and these therapies help them to get trained in the social norms and the appropriate behaviors. There are natural ways in which one can deal with the various comorbid conditions as well as the various severe symptoms and it is better to take natural medication than to go for prescription or over the counter drugs when it is about treating Aspergers.

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My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the Aspergers child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually. Thus, the best treatment for Aspergers children and teens is, without a doubt, “social skills training.”

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Aspergers Children

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But... don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

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Parenting Defiant Aspergers Teens

Although Aspergers is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager with Aspergers are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the Aspergers teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

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Aspergers Children “Block-Out” Their Emotions

Parenting children with Aspergers and HFA can be a daunting task. In layman’s terms, Aspergers is a developmental disability that affects the way children develop and understand the world around them, and is directly linked to their senses and sensory processing. This means they often use certain behaviors to block out their emotions or response to pain.

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children With Aspergers Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent? Parents of teens with Aspergers face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

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Living with an Aspergers Spouse/Partner

Research reveals that the divorce rate for people with Aspergers is around 80%. Why so high!? The answer may be found in how the symptoms of Aspergers affect intimate relationships. People with Aspergers often find it difficult to understand others and express themselves. They may seem to lose interest in people over time, appear aloof, and are often mistaken as self-centered, vain individuals.

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Online Parent Coaching for Parents of Asperger's Children

If you’re the parent of a child with Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism, you know it can be a struggle from time to time. Your child may be experiencing: obsessive routines; problems coping in social situations; intense tantrums and meltdowns; over-sensitivity to sounds, tastes, smells and sights; preoccupation with one subject of interest; and being overwhelmed by even the smallest of changes. The hardest part is you feel like you’ll never actually get to know your child and how he/she views the world.

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