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Pros & cons of diagnosis

motherclanger's picture

Pros & cons of diagnosis

Sun 13 Jan 2019 3:48pm

Hi there, I’m trying to gather opinions/perspectives on diagnosis. My daughter and nephew are autistic & I believe my late mother was definitely on the spectrum. My sister & I are NT (we think!) and are both ‘pro diagnosis’ having gone through it with our children. 

I’m asking for opinions as a colleague of mine is trying to decide whether or not to get her young son assessed. I’ve spoken to her about my positive view of diagnosis but want to get a range of views to offer her...

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nowhere to go...will medication help?

Tue 24 May 2011 4:13pm


My son is 6 and has been diagnosed ASD with anger/behavioural issues.  We have been coping with this well, we also have a boy of 9 with Asd, but now I fel stuck.  He is becoming increasingly more angry with various situations and although his school is very good the startegies they are trying are no longer working. He has started running away from situations he either does not understand or agree with and his anger seems to kick in, like a knee jerk reaction, wheras before...

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Any prescribed medication other than SSRI for ASD child with anxiety, tension, and agitation

Sun 21 Jul 2013 4:51am

Hi All,

I am new to this forum. My son is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with moderate autism. He has been through all the therapies ABA and IBI, but the meltdowns just won't go away. Also we have noticed evenings are full of anxiety, repitition of words, sometimes stimming. He is about to start school in September, but our apprehension is, if he can easily settle in maintstream school without any problems. Is there any medication other than SSRI that can relieve my child's...

Medication advice

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Medication advice

Fri 06 May 2011 3:16pm
my son has been diagnosed with acute autism as well as ocd and anxiety. he is on abilify to help with the irritability from teh autism, i need advice on what medicine is good to help with his anxiety.
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using medical cannabis as a treatment for autism

Wed 05 Nov 2014 1:26am

So, I heard that medical cannabis can treat autism, since I have autism. I looked it up on google and got a trillion good results. I'm going to have a meeting with my doctor because it is a serious concern. The thing I want to know though is, what are usual effectrs of cannabs on autism?

I mean, does it tend to take effect quickly? Will I get naucious? If you could provide me with a list of possible common effects, positive or negative, I'll take it.



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