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Asperger's syndrome and depression question. My son is 17 and has both -- what's the best approach?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Treat the depression

Adolescents with asperger's disorder not uncommonly have anxiety or depression, possibly secondary to feeling so different from others their age.
Depression is highly treatable both with medications and with talk therapies. The latter would need someone who knows about asperger's disorder and can establish a relationship with your son, but therapy is quite possible and apt to help.

In brief: Treat the depression

Adolescents with asperger's disorder not uncommonly have anxiety or depression, possibly secondary to feeling so different from others their age.
Depression is highly treatable both with medications and with talk therapies. The latter would need someone who knows about asperger's disorder and can establish a relationship with your son, but therapy is quite possible and apt to help.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Treatment

By a psychiatrist familiar with both problems!

In brief: Treatment

By a psychiatrist familiar with both problems!
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Combination approach

I would suggest considering a combination of counseling and the possibility of using an antidepressant.
Encouraging your son to participate in a social pragmatic group where he can develop social techniques and have contact with his peers. I would also encourage exercise and a balanced diet.

In brief: Combination approach

I would suggest considering a combination of counseling and the possibility of using an antidepressant.
Encouraging your son to participate in a social pragmatic group where he can develop social techniques and have contact with his peers. I would also encourage exercise and a balanced diet.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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