Any advice for a patient diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome ?
- 3 Dec 2011 by majidz
- 29 Mar 2015
- bipolar disorder, asperger syndrome, doctor, medication
My brother has diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome , while some doctors think that it is bipolar disorder. Any way, my brother refuse to take medication , and nowadays he is becoming more silent and not responding ... If i talk to him he might not answering for couple of hours or minutes. We want to take him to the hospital so he would get care there ,, meanwhile, he refuses to go ,, if we force him , he would be aggressive ... but if we wouldn't take him, he would be in worse situation ...
I need advices in how to deal with him and convince him to take the medication ... and if there is any good medical center that treats this kind of diseases, i hope some one tell me about them ...
Hi delila ,
My brother is 19 years old. started using medicine since about 3 years. He uses respreidal, invega, lamictal and serquel ( spelling might not be correct ) and we live @ the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the winter, his situation become worser than usual and that what is happening now.
Hello Majed - The two diagnoses are so completely different, I would take your brother to another Psychiatrist. It is crucial that he be correctly diagnosed. Bipolar is a mood disorder and usually treated with meds. My nephew has Asperger's, and he has never taken any medication for his entire 21 yrs., which is fairly typical, since Asperger's is a developmental disorder in the Autism Spectrum, and is best treated with much psychological therapy, group therapy, and very involved parents/family, who understand him.
Is your brother highly intelligent and very specific about his memorization & interests? Does he get easily angered, flustered or irritated because he is misunderstood? Does he not like to be hugged or touched? You say he also is bipolar? Is that bipolar 1 or 2? Its important to know because it will make such a difference in the medications and forms of treatment. My nephew is not bipolar, but I am bipolar 1, and do take a combination of meds, which is typical with bipolar 1. So, I would get a 2nd and even a 3rd opinion. I would also recommend renting a movie, if you can, entitled, "Temple Grandin". She is an amazing woman, who went on to get her PhD in Animal Husbandry. I don't want to tell you the story, as you should really see it with your family, or at least, read the book. Its really an amazing story, and you will see a very good picture of an Asperger's woman growing up & how misunderstood she was until she found an incredible mentor to help her navigate life. Good luck! Jillian
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