Which Antidepressant Is Most Effective For Aspergers?

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Our mental health can have highs and lows throughout our lives, but when a person is living with autism, it can be even more difficult to cope with depression, anxiety or other manifestations of low mood. Medication can play a part in helping someone overcome their depression, but which is the most helpful medical therapy? It’s a question that hasn’t been fully researched, which is surprising considering that people with autism are four times more likely to find themselves experiencing depression than neurotypical people.

There is good news, however.

From the research and evidence, we have studies that have shown that people with autism, including those with a diagnosis of Aspergers, have responded well to anti-depressants, with significant numbers showing their symptoms decreasing significantly. With this in mind, it is accepted amongst the medical community that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally safe to use and can be a very helpful treatment and therapy for Aspergers.

It’s crucial to be aware of side effects, particularly given that people with ASD are more likely to experience irritability, impulsivity, and sleep issues. However, very often the benefit outweighs the risk, and this is always something that should be discussed thoroughly with a medical professional before treatment is decided upon, preferably someone who has a deep knowledge of Autism and therapy for aspergers. Because of the risk of increased side effects, there should always be extra caution given to using these drugs for young people, and if treatment does go ahead, there must be appropriate support and care in place to ensure that they are safe.

When talking about treating depression, one cannot forget that a multi-faceted approach is usually favourable, addressing the depression from several angles to ensure a person can overcome it. This means that most medical professionals would advise pairing medication with therapy, and here we, unfortunately, find another under-researched issue. While Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to have considerable advantages for certain individuals, there is rising worry in the autistic community that because of the therapy’s focus on abstract thought patterns, neurodivergent individuals shouldn’t be treated with it. So, a modified therapy is needed, but it is important to provide care and verbal therapy alongside the medication. It is an area in which more voices of those with autism need to be heard and acted upon.

So, which antidepressant is the best therapy for Aspergers?

The simple answer is that it depends on the person. There is still much to learn about the potential benefits of SSRIs, and people who exhibit symptoms of autism should not be generalized or categorized into one category, despite some studies suggesting they may be beneficial. As with neurotypical people, people with autism or aspergers diagnoses will have different reactions to different medications, so a personalized treatment plan with follow-up care from a professional with adequate training in Autistic Spectrum Disorder is the key to quality care and treatment.