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ASD and anti depressants

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disorganisedmummy Tue 09-Aug-16 08:40:47

Hello,I was dx in December with aspergers but have been on ad's for several years for depression and anxiety. I'm only on 20mg and for ages I've wanted to increase the dosage. I have been to my doctors several times to ask this but he won't put the dose up due to risk of heart palpitations. I've asked for another ad but he's been very unhelpful. I'm going to see another doctor tomorrow with my husband as I'm off the scale at the mo. (I'd like to be more informed this time and be more assertive hence why hubby is coming too.Combination of school hols, eldest son also has aspergers and younger son has jus teen dx with food intolerances so is all over the place. )
I know everyone is different but has anyone found that ad's have helped? My main issues are my rigidness and remaining calm when things aren't the way I like them. I find the citalopram does take the edge off but not enough at the mo.

Anyone? Please, I'm desperate 

BrainEater Sat 13-Aug-16 00:29:21


Couldn't see your thread and leave you unanswered. Sorry it's such a long time after you posted.

How did it go at the doctor's appointment?

I haven't found antidepressants helpful for me, in the main, but my diagnosis is bipolar disorder (currently), not anxiety and depression. I have found one antidepressant helpful, but I don't take it any more, just a mood stabiliser. When I asked him about the anxiety I am have left even on my mood stabiliser, my psychiatrist told me that the anxiety is probably going to stay with me as it's part of the ASD. Which wasn't really what I wanted to hear!

The antidepressant that did work for me really helped mellow down the anxiety, though, so I hope you can find one that works well for you. I've also found CBT useful for dealing with particular situations I find very stressful - do you have access to any therapy at all? Your GP might be able to refer you to your local IAPT talk therapy service, if you can't self-refer in your area.

dangermouseisace Sun 14-Aug-16 19:55:46

Hi I don't have ASD but have worked with people with LD/ASD. Is there any chance that you could be referred to a psychiatrist? We had people with ASD who were prescribed a low dose of atypical anti-psychotic for anxiety, which seemed to help.

I'm quite an anxious person and I found mirtazapine made me a lot less 'edgy'. I don't wobble all the time any more!

dangermouseisace Sun 14-Aug-16 19:56:08

mirtazapine is an anti depressant by the way

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