... given Focalin first 2.5 mg twice a day then 5 mg twice a day finally 10 mg twice a day. some of the side affects where making my husband and I nervous so we consulted the doctor. He immediately reacted and pulled my son off the medications. Since coming off the meds (not slowly) he has been having a lot of crying in school and home. Anxious behaviors. We are wondering if this is a side affect from being removed from the med so fast instead of slowly or could this be something else.
First of all I would like to say that you're very blessed as you know. It's hard to have a child who has Asperger's Syndrome, however it will pay off. I also have Asperger's Syndrome and have become very successful. It's because parents like yourself care about you're child. It's hard for others to understand. Back to your question. Yes it can affect your child by suddenly taking him off that medication. It's a stimulant. If you are taken off this type of medication it can cause withdrawal symptoms. Here are a few for example: Anxiety, Depression, Agitation, Fatigue and Excessive sleeping. This will slowly start to leave as the drug leaves his body. It could last longer in people with Asperger's Syndrome or it could get out of his system faster. It sounds like it's staying in his system longer. Now it could be a combination of the two things you mentioned. I was teased a lot at school. They would call me an Encyclopedia (Which made me sad when I was young but now it doesn't seem so bad :). So he may be crying more because of that. It's hard for people with Autism. I would recommend having him seeing a Psychologist that knows about Asperger's Syndrome to teach your child how to understand how "normal" people act i.e, facial expressions, hand movments, etc.. I learned all of this and still see a my psychologist since I was 9. People can't tell that I have Asperger's Syndrome. I've learned how to respond to people and how people respond to me. I basically have 2 people inside of me, my Asperger's Syndrome, and the "normal" me after the long and hard therapy. I would recommend having him try Adderall. I found that worked the best for me. It's a stronger stimulant. It may work or it may not work. People with Asperger's Syndrome differ from each other. He might be fine without any medications. He could benefit from an Antidepressant to deal with the depression he will experience while attending school. It's hard to be teased but he WILL end up becoming successful (Especially if he's interested in odd things). I was interested in the chemicals in hand cleaner's and soaps. I was obsessed with seeing what's in products. I still do. I look at ingredients and see what's inside of the products i.e, Polyethylene Glycol, Ethylene glycol, heck I even distilled pure Ethyl alcohol from had sanitizer when I was 12 and it was as pure as it could get according to a hydrometer vs Ever-clear. Don't prevent him from doing what he's interested in at the moment even if he's interested in really odd things. He will move on to something else with time and soon know more than the average person would about strange things. If he loves math than give him harder math and teach him about physics or chemistry. Sorry for adding more than what you asked. I just know how hard it can be to raise someone like myself. Feel free to contact me privately anytime if you have questions or want more information. I know what he's feeling and how he will respond to things. Good luck to you and your son! Continue to encourage him in what he likes no matter what it is. Hope this helps. Once the drugs are out of his system he should feel better but he still may be teased. So that's why I recommend an antidepressant. Hope to hear from you soon.
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