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Doctor insights on: Autistic Teenage Boys Aggressive Behavior

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Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Not necessarily.: It could indicate the environment getting worse for the child - more stress, perhaps bullying, maybe a new problem they are struggling with. Or they are trying to tell you something that you haven't picked up on. ...Read more

Dr. Lydia Collins
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Aggression (Definition)

Complex, no single definition brief it is the behavior directed at an animate or intimate object resulting in damage. Be it physical, verbal, or emotional, the object always suffers damages that can be as severe as death or total incapacity. Predatory, sex-related or inter-male aggression are examples observed and induced by need for sustenance, competing for ...Read more


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My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase.Should that happen?

My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase.Should that happen?

While risperidone : Decreases aggression in many individuals with autism, it can aggravate & increase aggression in some which is considered intolerable. Work with your prescriber to determine if the aggression you now see is from autism & circumstances happening in your son's life or an actual side effect to the risperdione. Keeping a daily log of behavior & situations can assist you & prescriber. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

Tough question: It could be a combination of both the underlying mental condition and possible hormonal involvement. Have a childhood behavioral specialist examine him and help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Doctors recommendations for medication to treat explosive aggression in autistic adults?

Doctors recommendations for medication to treat explosive aggression in autistic adults?

Antipsychotics.: Antipsychotics such as Risperdal amongst others is very effective against the aggressive and violent behavior, . ...Read more

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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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4 yr old dx with autism proper therapy continues to have behavior issues doesn't know right from wrong and is aggressive improving but not convinced ?

4 yr old dx with autism proper therapy continues to have behavior issues doesn't know right from wrong and is aggressive improving but not convinced ?

Assessed: Have him assessed by a psychologist specializing in autism and other behaviour issues. Behaviour management and medication will be his and your friends. All the best. ...Read more

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How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?

How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?

Discipline him at : His developmental level, not as an adult.Tell him what you want him to do, not what you don't want. He should qualify for ssi & medicaid, especially if he also has intellectual disability. If you have legal guardianship, call your state's mental health/developmental services division for behavioral & social services. Call your state's disability agency (voc rehab) for employment opportunities. ...Read more

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How to help autistic people learn appropriate behavior?

How to help autistic people learn appropriate behavior?

Multi-dimensional Rx: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read more

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How do you deal with a severely autistic child's behavior when he becomes violent?

How do you deal with a severely autistic child's behavior when he becomes violent?

Medication: Medication can be helpful to take the edges off of violent outbursts, and some success has been found with vests that give the sensation of a hug to select patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more


Dr. Glen Elliott
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Aggressive Behavior (Definition)

Aggressive behavior is a symptom in which a person behaves or reacts strongly, in a way that often results in breaking rules or the law. Aggressive behavior can be violent and spontaneous, and is meant to cause pain or harm, ...Read more