Tag Archives: Antidepressants

Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

Carol asks…

why do some people have mental problems while others dont?

i have aspergers syndrome, crowd anxiety, depression. my friend has ADHD. my aunt has depression.
why do some people have mental problems while others dont?

admin answers:

I am not saying there are no mental problems but one should ask why USA seem to be the most depressed country in the world? …while there is no medical objective test to prove someone has any of the psychiatry diagnoses.

This 2 minutes long video explains the difference between diagnosis in real medicine backed up by science and psychiatry diagnosis like ADHD backed up by personal opinions.

Psychiatry – NO SCIENCE-NO CURES (4:54min)
Can psychiatrists help you with antidepressants? Are there any cures in psychiatry today? How many people have been cured? What are your chances?
Check it for yourself – hear it from interviewed psychiatrists.


The Marketing of Madness:
Are We All Insane?

The definitive documentary on psychotropic drugging—this is the story of the high-income partnership between drug companies and psychiatry which has created an $80 billion profit from the peddling of psychotropic drugs to an unsuspecting public.

But appearances are deceiving.

How valid are psychiatrist’s diagnoses—and how safe are their drugs?

Digging deep beneath the corporate veneer, this three-part documentary exposes the truth behind the slick marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal a dangerous and often deadly sales campaign.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism

Ruth asks…

How to find a local doctor who specializes in autism/aspergers treatment with vitamins and minerals?

I want to try B12 shots but I’m afraid to go to a regular psychiatrist office because they might not know anything about autism/aspergers and they typically only know how to write prescriptions for xanax and antidepressants.
Yes they can help dummy.

admin answers:

Vitamins and minerals will not help autism. See your physician and ask them to refer you to an autism specialist MD to help you.

I’M a dummy? Really, see a doctor instead of whatever herbal natural “medicine” quack you’ve been seeing. Get your facts straight.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Chris asks…

What is the latest in the treatment of autism, and success rates?

This week (Apr. 14—2010), a girl got

lost in a FLA. swamp & was found alive.

She was described as having “autism-like” symptoms. That news story led to this question.
Heard this on the radio yesterday—


they work with autism patients, and others with different developmental

admin answers:

The treatment of autism is never just one sided. It takes the help of medications, therapy, dietary monitoring, communication therapy and possibly behaviorists for someone to function in todays society. Medications include Antidepressants (SSRI’s) and Benzodiazipines, basically to calm someone with autism so they can focus. I would suggest reading this


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Question?: What Is Autism Yahoo

Donald asks…

How do I find a local doctor who specializes in autism/aspergers treatment with vitamins and minerals?

I want to try B12 shots but I’m afraid to go to a regular psychiatrist office because they might not know anything about autism/aspergers and they typically only know how to write prescriptions for xanax and antidepressants.
False. It can have a profound effect in some people.

admin answers:

Hi Bob,

You don’t really need a doctor, you can completely recover from “autism” on your own. Autism is not a mental illness, it is mercury poisoning. My young son has recovered from autism in about 2.5 years.

Here’s what we did. We eliminated gluten, casein, and soy. We also dumped high fructose corn syrup (which has mercury in it) and MSG. We added a good multi, lots of Vit. C, Vit. E, magnesium, and a good cod liver oil, if it’s not really pure it probably has mercury in it. I like Carlson’s or Pharmax. You can get B-12 orally–the shots have cobalt in them.

The most effective way to cure autism is heavy metal chelation. Low and slow. There is a great Yahoo group that can help you every step of the way:


To learn about the protocol, read this:

And listen to this interview with Dr. Cutler:

There IS a way out! 😉

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Question?: Autistic Behavior

Robert asks…

The Autism Behavior Consultant won’t work with my son. What do we do now?

My 20 year old son has Aspergers and severe depression. We had a consultation with a consultant that seemed promising to me but we got the word today that he won’t work with my son until we get the depression under control. My son has strange reactions to antidepressants so I am nervous about putting him back on one. How do we help him with the depression so we can work on the Autistic behaviors that are causing so much trouble for him (and contributing to the depression)? Help!!!!

admin answers:

Hi Jayne,
*I would check with your physician/psychiatrist: Is it depression? Or is it anxiety?
Perhaps the strange reaction is because that isn’t what he is experiencing.
*Dr. Amen’s website and books list meds that have been used and are used to treat people experiencing a range of needs. Tony Atwood is the guru on the topic too. Or maybe try an herbal, holistic med.??
*Have you tried calm down techniques? A squeeze ball, a rabbit’s foot to rub, velcro on the inside of the pocket, gum, special smells..Lavender ??
*Music therapy or teaching yoga or meditation might be helpful too. It has worked with some of my students, as did the aforementioned.
*In PA we have case managers? Is this resource available for you? They can help find resources for you and be an advocate. Also we have behavioral services with a consulting psychologist and a behavioral intervention support team (Mobile Therapist and Therapeutic Support Staff).
Hope this helps.
Best wishes.

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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

Sharon asks…

Is this a sign or symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder?
A friend of mine who is 21 years old lied to his support workers that they had Bipolar Illness and being treated with Lithium. When in actual fact he was just being treated with antidepressants for depression. He at times also cuts his wrists superficially. Is this a sign or symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder?

admin answers:

Too hard to say without more information. BPD has many spectrums much like Autism as far as i am concerned from what i have witnessed personally and in my opinion from working with this and my studies of over 30 years.

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Are Benefits Of Antidepressants For Autism Overstated?

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Main Category: Autism
Article Date: 24 Apr 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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With autism on the rise and an increasing concern for parents, doctors have searched for ways to treat the problem. Repetitive and other behavioral traits associated with the syndrome can hold children back in school and put stress on family life. It seems, however, that using anti-depressants is not necessarily the best solution.

Analysis of five published articles and five unpublished completed trials is showing that serotonin receptor inhibitors (SRIs), generally used as anti depressants, have been over rated in terms of treating autism. The article, “Pharmacologic Treatment of Repetitive Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence of Publication Bias”, is published by the The American Academy of Pediatrics.

The researchers used meta-analysis to discover that studies with positive results for treating autism with serotonin receptor inhibitors are more likely to be published than those showing negative or neutral results. All of the five published articles had positive results, whereas only one of the unpublished showed anti-depressants as affective, basically meaning the usefulness of the SRIs has been over estimated.

This creates a situation where doctors reach for the prescription book without having all the facts, and autism patients maybe taking drugs that are sometimes considered addictive, without any proven benefit. The studies that did show positive results showed only minor improvements, and the SRIs were far from the silver bullet.

Webmd quotes researcher Melisa Carrasco, PhD, a recent graduate of the neuroscience program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor:

“When we realized there were as many unpublished studies with data as there were published studies providing data, it was definitely a little frustrating … It makes you wonder what data is not available and how it could help us better treat kids.”

In total, the five studies with positive results that were published had little over twenty percent success rate in reducing repetitive behaviors. Researchers say that they believe many journals are reluctant to publish studies showing drugs do not work, moreover in the case of autism, which is such a hot-button issue. The results look even worse when the unpublished studies are taken into account, dropping to an average of only twelve percent. It is little beyond the margin of error say researchers, who state that the benefits of taking the SRIs maybe negligible.

Carrasco continues that :

“It definitely brings up a huge problem in this field. There’s really no umbrella organization that’s overseeing that everybody who gets funding to do these studies, that they go ahead and then report it publicly. This is not rigorously enforced. It makes you wonder if the reason why they didn’t get published is because they had negative results.”

While it’s true that doctors might give SRIs for other symptoms, such as preventing anxiety, there is definitely a lack of definitive proof that anti-depressants really help those with autism.

Written by Rupert Shepherd
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The Relationship Between Autism and Antidepressants

Autism is a disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate and interact with other people. The long list of proposed autism causes includes genetic and environmental factors. Some recent studies also show a link between autism and antidepressants.

What are the signs of autism?
Autism symptoms often start showing when a child is around six months old. They become more apparent at the age of 2-3, and continue up to adulthood. Autism has three general symptoms, all of which need to be present for a child to be called autistic.

– Impaired social interaction-Children with autism do not have the basic social instincts many people take for granted. Autistic children do not respond to their own names as often as normal children would, and rarely make eye contact with those speaking to them. They also have difficulty expressing themselves with hand gestures, such as pointing.

– Impaired communication-Most autistic children have difficulty developing enough speaking skills to communicate. Children who babble or speak in patterns completely different from their caregivers are most likely autistic. As they grow older, autistic children usually repeat others’ words instead of speaking on their own.

– Repetitive behavior -Autistic children display repetitive or restricted behaviors. These include stereotypy, or repeated movements and gestures; compulsive behavior, such as arranging objects in lines or stacks; and ritualistic behavior, or daily repetition of the exact same activities.

What causes autism?

Autism is a complex disorder, and most studies on it are incomplete. There are several proposed theories regarding autism causes. Genetic factors are the most common, but it remains unclear which genes affect a child’s probability of developing autism. A child whose parent had autism will not always develop the disorder, but the chances of it happening are high.

Environmental factors a child is exposed to while in the mother’s womb also affect the development of autism. One common cause is the mother’s own immune response to viral infections. If triggered during early pregnancy, this immune response has a negative effect on the development of the child’s brain and nervous system.

Some studies propose other factors that can cause autism to develop shortly after the child is born. These include mercury poisoning, certain vaccinations, viral infections, and exposure to opiates.

Autism and antidepressants

According to laboratory tests done on animals, the intake of antidepressant substances called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) in high amounts resulted in autism-like behaviors. Further studies show exposure to SSRI increases the probability a child will develop autism up to four times. This means women taking antidepressants containing SSRI during pregnancy risk increasing the chances their child will be born autistic.

Like most of the research done on autism causes, the studies linking autism and antidepressants are still incomplete. Despite this, many doctors advise pregnant mothers to be aware of the potential risks involved when taking SSRI drugs during pregnancy.

If you were taking antidepressants during your pregnancy and your child developed autism, you can look for an autism attorney to help you acquire compensation from the company that produced the drugs.

Adriana knows all about autism causes, and possible link between autism and antidepressants.

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