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Our 8 year old child with ASD is currently taking 100mg of Zoloft for chronic anxiety. When I say anxiety I mean fear!
That is, he makes the Doctor turn pictures of his kids around so he cannot see them. He won't allow us to drive past the hairdresser salon because there is a pix of a woman with red hair and accentuated eyes. He is terrified of the toilet and the sounds it makes. He is naturally fearful of all other children. He will get frightened of a poster on a wall in a centre or inside a shop. And on and on ... He experiences sheer terror!
The paradox is, he loves horror movies and all the scary faces. He seeks them out. We try as we might to keep it away from him but he finds them.
This child is verbal and has conversations with us and has capacity to make it through life. But when the fear is triggered, he becomes all but mute, non responsive and you could say a totally different child with next to no prospects.
My question, will the addition of Propranolol help with alleviating the fear response he readily exhibits? He is not hyperactive and the Zoloft has helped with the OCD but not the fear and anxiety. Risperdal was a disaster and turned him into a zombie.
Can anyone relate?
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