If behavioral medications for autism were listed as a category in the dictionary the definition would be "The good, the bad and the ugly!!!!". Why, you ask? Well for starters there is the upside, the good...individuals like the superstar of insight into living with autism, Dr. Temple Grandin. Temple attributes her use of anti anxiety drugs to her ability to function, and insists they provided the bridge from extreme anxiety making everyday life impossible to her being calm able to function and do the things she wanted to do. Quite a testimony!
Then we began to ween Nicky of the Depakote and I learned the hard way that Depakote (aka Valporic Acid and Depakene) was A TOTAL MOOD STABILIZER!!!! Once the Depakene was out of his body Nick spiraled to a new land filled will manic and aggressive behaviors, the degree to which I had never seen before. Not only was it clear to me that he was miserable, the aggression scared me he could hurt himself or someone else. And people are afraid of a 5'6" young man who tantrums, hums, jumps, hits himself, takes aggressive stances, makes noises and reaches into a baby stroller to grab an appealing toy - or pull a pacifier out of the baby's mouth.