not great for the nards, let's just say
So did you, um, do anything for the very first time recently?
Posted by Ian Williams at November 2, 2009 11:27 PM
Re: Concerta. My son has Asperger's. We've been fumbling around for years to find something that would help him. He recently had some behavior problems as a freshman in high school We were at our wits' end. Abilify had all sorts of bad side effects when we tried it a few years ago, although it had helped with his impulse control.
We tried Concerta three weeks ago, and it has been a miracle. We and his school have had almost no problems with behavior. He's still on only a half dose. The side effects have been loss of appetite (which at this point isn't a concern, since he put on enormous weight with the Abilify) and difficulty sleeping. Melatonin is helping with the mild insomnia.
New things? In a couple weeks we'll be going on a llama trek for my son's 14th birthday. Fortunately for my nards, no riding involved.
TJ: Thank you so much for sharing your sons' experience with Concerta. I will be taking it for ADD and, well, inertia. My 17 year old son was diagnosed with severe ADD over a year ago and began taking it, and it changed his entire school experience. He went from literally flunking out his sophomore year to making second honors. Also, he was much more interactive and pleasant to be around. He and I share a struggle to focus, to be motivated, to avoid chasing after distractions. This has impaired my ability to complete (and sometimes even start) tasks at work and at home. I'll be 58 in a few weeks (egads), and seeing my traits mirrored in my son with his diagnosis was an eye-opener at this late age. I've reached the point where I'm pretty desperate for something to help me be fully AWAKE and ALERT and FOCUSED during the day so I can keep on top of my responsibilities.
I take a bunch of other meds, including two antidepressants, so I'm a little worried about interactions, but my shrink wants to try this. I get nervous about any change in medications.
I'm truly glad your sons were helped by Concerta, as mine has been.
Anne and TJ - My only addition to the Concerta discussion is to consider getting an EKG to rule out any underlying heart problems before taking these. Stimulants have an association (maybe real? jury still out) with sudden cardiac death and in particular are not a good idea if you have any underlying heart problem (which you may not know if you haven't had an EKG)..
New things I've done - will have to think on that one. Sadly, I've been in a rut of sorts for some time. Luckily, I like ruts..
We've shed a lot of tears over the effect Asperger's has had on his life. He doesn't really have any friends to speak of. He's definitely high functioning: He skipped 8th grade, he scored college-level on the SAT as a seventh grader, etc. With Concerta, he's actually been interacting with other kids in a positive way. It's really been amazing to see. We hope it will continue (knock on wood).
Our other son is ten and deaf-blind (related to being born at 27 weeks' gestation), so between the two of them, it's been quite a decade for us. :)