Medication is a hot button topic. As Daniel and I were making our decision regarding medication, these were my favorite posts. These are not in any particular order:
- Life with Aspergers: The Drug Bandwagon – I love reading Gavin Bollard. He has Asperger’s and is raising a son with Aspergers and a son with high-functioning autism. I think he gives a balanced perspective and brings up important questions to ask when considering any medication.
- Prosper with Aspergers: Aspergers and Medication: What Everybody Should Know – Written by Stephen Borgman. Stephen reminds us that medication does not treat Aspergers but rather the symptoms of co-morbid conditions such as ADD, OCD, Depression and Anxiety. I like his recommendation to look to non-medication options first and to maintain an open communication with the doctor. Medication for these conditions is not an exact science.
- Life with Aspergers: Medication and Special Needs – It’s Your Choice – Again, Gavin Bollard is very balanced and represents a lot of common sense in his perspective. He reminds us that particularly regarding medication, we, “have the choice every day.”
- Child Mind Institute – Autism and Medication – This is more of a post than an article. It articulated most of my concerns regarding medication. The author gives an excellent summary of all the sides of the medication argument/delima. Parents are reminded to use non-pharmaceutical interventions first. The author illustrates that the choice to medicate is never a final, blanket decision. Medication that is necessary at one time, may not be necessary forever. The effectiveness and even the prudence of putting a child on a medication or continuing the same medication can and does change as the child grows and develops. This is particularly true as the child goes through puberty. Always keep an open mind and your intention clear.
Ultimately, the decision to medicate, continue to medication, or stop medication must be constantly evaluated and weighed for effectiveness, risks, and rewards.