I have a 21 year old son who I believe has Asperger Syndrome although he hasn't been diagnosed. He was diagnosed with ADD at age 17. The only thing that doesn't fit is that he does tend to make eye contact. On the other hand, he has learned to live with his disabilities and is good at pretending he is "normal". Are there aspies that make eye contact?
He is constantly in stress mode and it's wearing him out. He has tried medication, none have helped. He has tried alternative methods to relax with no results.
At this point, I don't know in which direction to turn. Any suggestions?View Thread
My son has never been diagnosed with Aspergers, but ever since I can remember I suspected something was not quite right. He was a very difficult child, very set in his ways and the smallest changes in routine were very difficult for him, to say the least. He was very sensitive to pain when he was a baby and growing up. He began teething at a very early age which caused him to be very moody and difficult. He suffered from allergies and couldn't breath from his nose, which also made him very irritable.
But when he wasn't suffering from something, he was very happy and playful. He was always very oral, putting everything in his mouth. Up to age 11-12 he would stick things in his mouth like the edge of a pillow or the edge of a sleeve and suck on them. He was always very innocent and naive and that caused a lot of teasing at school. Today, he suffers from social anxiety syndrome and is in constant stress.
He is a very intelligent young man and that has helped him survive. He has friends, he goes to University and works a part time job. To the outsider, he looks normal, only shy and withdrawn. His busy schedule is good for him and keeps him evenly tempered. But if he has a day off, he can become very moody and depressed.
He describes himself as someone who is just going through the illusion of living. He says he feels nothing and is not interested in anything. He doesn't want to believe that he has a neurological problem and I have not pressed the issue.
His anxiety and constant stress are wearing him out. He's tried many types of therapies to calm down, but nothing has worked. He took psychiatric drugs in the past, but they didn't help him and he refuses to take them any more.
He is constantly searching the internet for something that will help alleviate the stress.
I would appreciate any suggestions as far as treatment or direction.View Thread