We have received numerous requests for information, specifically in dealing with Anxiety in Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorders. While we have responded to several people independently, we decided to provide an actual post on this topic.
Anxiety is an issue that many of our children, teenagers and adult families on the spectrum deal with. What we know both personally and from listening to parents with loved ones on the spectrum is that we desperately want to help our children. And while there is a time and place for medications, many do not work or have side affects that simply complicate life for those with autism. Even when on medication, sometimes additional supports are also needed.
According to Dr. Francisco Monegra of QSAC,
anxiety symptoms in autistic individuals can be described as escaping or avoidance behaviors, irritability, aggressive outbursts, self-abusive behaviors, or elopement from the producing situation stimuli or maintained behaviors.
In addition, we also see an increase in obsessive behaviors which can be both the result of and/ or cause of anxiety. At AsdPerspectives, we work with families who wish to try natural approaches to helping their loved ones with Anxiety. We also recommend individual, group and/ or family therapy with professionals who understand autism. In the end, the goal should always be to create a better quality of life for both the child and the family members who care for our children.
Below are some natural solutions to dealing with anxiety.
Begin or change a Supplement Program. Not all supplements are the same; therefore, we do recommend specific brands. We are happy to help tweak amounts when using the brands we are familiar with.
Stress relief Complex : We have received dozens of positive feedbacks in using his product with PDDnos, OCD and Aspergers Syndrome. Many parents have also used this product. SRC typically works in about 15 minutes and has no known side affects with medication. It can be swallowed or crushed.
Osteomatrix is a complete calcium magnesium supplement that helps to relax the body. For maintenance purposes, you can take this supplement at any time of the day. Below, we will explain best uses when trying to prevent outbursts on a daily basis. This supplement can also be crushed or swallowed.
Lecithin: The National Academy of Sciences has determined that lecithin helps support many functions in the body including brain function. lecithin, also know as Choline is a component of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in the transmission of messages in the brain and nervous system.*. We recently began adding this to our children’s morning routine with great results. As a side note, it is also a great addition to a weight loss plan as it is a fat emulsifier.
B Complex: B vitamins are often known as your stress vitamins. Because they are water solvable, they need to be replaced frequently. The more stress your system is under, the more you need. Children and adults, not to mention there caregivers, are frequently under stress. This supplement is best when swallowed.
When one’s anxiety levels are at their highest, we have found it best to give this combination of supplements in the morning and repeat in the afternoon. Our 11 year old son takes 2 lecithin, 2 Osteomatrix, 1 stress relief and 2 b complex in the morning. We repeat after school and give him his multivitamin, optiflora probiotic and immune supports at night. If you were to just choose one supplement for anxiety, we would recommend starting with stress relief complex.
Remedies that may help with sleep include, Osteomatrix, gentle sleep complex, calms forte and melatonin.
When a product is linked, it is available through ASDPerspectives at www.autism.myshaklee.com or by calling 1-800-937-4615. Gentle Sleep Complex is also available at this website.
The information above is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical attention. In addition, please do not go off of medications without the help of a medical professional. Many medication may either be necessary or need to be weaned off of. information in this post may only be shared in its entirety or with permission.