23 Sep 2012
Effexor XR is associated with the treatment of:
Anxiety and Stress
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
23 Sep 2012
Not sure what you mean by, "good for". My son is 25 and autistic, very high functioning. It has always been a tight rope walk to find the right drug cocktail for him. The first thing to remember is that every autistic person is unique. In fact, I think that the word as a diagnosis is on its way out. There are so many symptoms associated with autism and the same symptom in two different people could have a different source. Since you are concerned about panic disorder, before answering anything, I'd have to know more about the person in question: how old, other symptoms, general personality, onset of symptoms, etc. Also, like "autism", "panic disorder" can mean a hundred different things to fifty different people.
Is this person under the care of knowledgeable and sympathetic therapists? What sets off the panics? Sensory overload? Pressure? Crowds? Communication demands? unfamiliar environment? There is so much, so very much involved in the diagnosis of autism, which is why I really do think the word will be replaced by more definitive descriptions of contributing symptoms, leaving "autism" as an enormous umbrella category under which literally hundreds of disorders will be bunched. I should say that Anxiety and Panic disorders frequently go hand in hand with autism. If you think about it, just being autistic has to make someone anxious, as there's so much that is confusing and the avenues of communication are so problematic for autistics. Tell us a bit more about the person in question, about the history, onset of panic disorder, what sets it off, what calms it, what pharmaceuticals, if any, this person is on (it could be, for instance, that one or more of the medications this person takes actually exacerbate the panic attacks). So far, your description is a faint line drawing, and in order to address the question, we need a careful portrait with colour, shading, examples. One thing for sure is this: people with autism grow up and develop. What are problems now, may not be problems in the future. It gets better for them. They can find their niches like neuro normals do. And I think, from my experience with autistic people, not just my son, autistics need love, recognition, mentoring, encouragement maybe even more than the rest of us. So... long story short: could you elaborate?
24 Sep 2012
Hi emtfiregirl, are you writing for yourself or for someone else. A child or an adult? Unfortunately you cannot cure autism spectrum disorder. I am former special education teacher, and I am very familiar with the ASD. It is important to know the age of the person you are talking about. Autism seems to be partly related to OCD, in some way, but many of the OCD medications are not good for children. Also, there are social communication issues also. There are no drugs available to help with the socialization/communication disconnects caused by ASD. They need work, and cooperation between whomever is working with the person, and the home. This is the most important aspect of dealing with both of these disorders. Drugs aren't always the answer, though many wish that were the case. It takes hard work to form new pathways to to the brain, and help pick up social cues, communication cues, and relax, as both panic disorder, and OCD have a high anxiety factor to them.
IF you furnish more information, I can give you more ideas, should you like. Best wishes to you, and I hope that everything works out for you!!
24 Sep 2012
Hello emtfiregirl - I hope after reading many of the responses here you will note that there is "no one drug or treatment" that is going to work. People here have great concern and empathy for people dealing with autism and also their caregivers and educators. It could very well be that "structure" and "routine" are more important than what drugs work. There are so many... but I hope that someone here has touched on something that will help you with your query. Also, knowing more about the person is paramount in giving even an educated guess here.
I hope you will share more with us... so that we can support you in this journey.
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