My son has just turned 18 and he is graduating from special school in couple of weeks. I am a single mum, my son is intellectually impaired and does not talk much, only a few words in a sentence so his communication is very limited. We are seeing a new neurologist specialist that said we will start reducing medication and we will start with Risperdal which he has been on this medication for the last 13 years. At first he became very ill, nauseated and vomiting, headaches, sweaty and insomnia. He got over that in a week and now he has become aggressive towards people not me but others.. At school he is hitting students and trying to punch the teacher. An incident on the bus when he tried to hit students on the bus and the volunteer on the bus had to restrain him. My son is very tall and strong, the only thing I find it really difficult is understanding what he is wanting or what is wrong with him. He just can't communicate it and he has uncontrollable laughing attacks that just drives me insane and my level of patience can be hard to control..
I rang his neurologist as my son has epilepsy he has absence seizures they are very much controlled.. When my son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4 they did a ECG which found epileptic activity so my son started to see a Paediatric Neurologist and he was such a good dr look after my son's behaviour and Risperdal did the trick. Now my son is seeing a Adult Neurologist and now it has been explained to me as I rang to tell the Dr what is going on. He was kindly told me that Adult Neurology is different to Paediatric Neurology as with Adult Neurology he is only experienced to treat Daniel's epilespy but not behaviour and there needs to be a referral to a mental health specialist. Well I god smack why was he reducing risperdal? I have no idea. Anyway my son is back on the original dose of risperdal and the neurologist is doing a urgent referral to mental health. I am not sure if my son is hearing voices but before he hits someone he says Hit and he says there name.. He is not really sleeping well, I expect that when the risperdal will get to the level that calms him everything will settle, well I hope!
Is there someone out there with the same issues as me I really would like to chat back and forth. I really feel all alone and no-one understands what I am going through.
Last edited by Darls; 11-02-2012 at 06:10 AM.