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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Asperger's Syndrome

I am diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. This, of course, is a disorder based on eccentricilty and a lack of typical status quo behavior.

I often tend to feel safe when I am alone and by myself...........but many times I also get very lonely. It is VERY hard to balance these two needs. I do feel like I live in my own little world at times, but my eccentricities seem to make people distant from me. It is hard to be drawn to the very things that I am distant from.............which doesn't make much sense I know.

Sometimes I feel like I am the only person I can truly trust. This is not good for my social life. In infancy this modality was probably adaptive, but now it seems to create some problems with my ability to relate to people.

Life is very hard. I am on anxiety meds, and they help a bit., as does music and my improv group and grad school. It is not all bad, but I am on edge a lot and ever anxious. Sigh. Sometimes what is going on in your head is different and worse than how seemingly good life appears from the outside.

Is there meds specifically taylored to Asperger's? I understand it may be related to OCD, so perhaps the SRI's are sometimes used. I don't really know for sure.

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I fit most of the traits of Asperger's so it's possible I could have it. I would be on the spectrum at least and have recently accepted that. I'm not interested in being diagnosed though. I've been lurking around the Wrong Planet site for a while and am amazed by how much I relate to what's there. As for meds, if you want to use them for anxiety you can. They won't do anything for asperger's though since it's more of a personality thing.
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All I know is that the psychiatrist diagnosed me with Asperger's Syndrome. That's what my psych eval says. And a local Asperger's specialist also thinks I may have Asperger's Syndrome.

If I don't have it, then the psychiatrist and the specialist are wrong. But I know I definitely fit certain symptoms. If I do not have Asperger's, then I suspect I have either OCD or GAD. After all, both of my brothers are diagnosed with OCD, which seems to be similar to Asperger's Syndrome.

At any rate, if I really do have Asperger's, and if there are resources out there that can help, then I am curious as to what may be of benefit. Maybe I can make my life better. I am on anxiety meds now, and they help a bit.

Thanx ghostgurl and sheskrayz for the posts.

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Re: Asperger's Syndrome

Originally Posted by Darrin
Is there meds specifically taylored to Asperger's? I understand it may be related to OCD, so perhaps the SRI's are sometimes used. I don't really know for sure.
Meds target the symptoms - since this can vary widely among people with pervasive developmental disorders, it can be everything from SSRIs to opioid antagonists. With suspected overlapping OCD and GAD symptoms, I might start with SSRIs especially Luvox, Lexapro, Celexa, or maybe Paxil. Low-dose Risperdal (~ .5 mg) is worth a trial as well. Those meds could help any of those disorders. [Link]

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Asperger's Syndrome

Thanx Caedmon for the post. I have had some good luck with Neurontin. I was on an SSRI (zoloft) but it made me tired. Neurontin is not a typical drug for anxiety or depression, but it seems to work for some people. Both of my brothers are also on it.

I can see how Asperger's is hard to treat, especially since it seems to be a personality disorder to some extent. But I suspect that some of the symptoms, such as social anxiety, can be controlled with meds, albeit Asperger's covers a wide constellation of traits in addition to SA.



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I think I might have Asperger's Syndrome but I'm having a really hard time finding someone in my town who will diagnose me. There's a lot of resources for people who are already diagnosed but very few people know who will actually diagnose you.

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