Southern Discomfort

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  1. It was hard for me to determine when aripiprazole started working for me. My depression was already being covered. I just started being more out going, I was helping around the house more, walking the dog. Just being more reliable as a person. And that feels great. I started on 10 mg and we're aiming at 20 mg, probably the end of next week. I hope I don't get any side effects. It is a pretty clean drug in comparison to the others out there.
  2. Since it's Tourette's Awareness Month, 15th of May to 15th of June, I thought I'd mention a few facts about Tourette's on here since this thread although very quiet it does get a lot of hits. What is Tourette's? Tourette's syndrome (TS) is an inherited neurological disorder, not a psychological one. It is not an illness and it is not to do with mental health. However 80% of those with TS have a combination of other conditions, mainly ADHD and OCD but it can be a lot of things including autism and Asperger's syndrome, anxiety, personality disorders and depression. This is called Tourette's Plus. Tourette's was first discovered back in the 19th Century by French neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette. His work went largely unnoticed due to his life being cut short however. It's only been in the last 50 years has it been properly recognised and separated as it's own condition. Is Tourette's just swearing? Tourette's is not all about swearing. That form of Tourette's - known as Full-Blown Tourette's affects only around 10% of those with Tourette's. The swearing tics are known as Coprolalia ('copro' meaning obscene, 'lalia' being speech), Copropraxia is the use of obscene gestures ('praxia' meaning movement). The reason behind the swearing is still unknown but you can think of it as having no filter on your brain; all the negative things you might of about a friend you have the ability to filter them about of your speech. Someone with Full-Blown Tourette's can't do that. And negative thing they observe may be open to being mentioned. And that is in essence the working of the coprophenomena. What is a tic? A tic is either sound or a movement made by the person. It is a reaction to an involuntary sensation, usually a itching, burning sensation, but for a lot of people these movements can happen without any awareness prior to the tic. A tic can be suppressed for a short period of time before it needs to be released, but how well someone can suppress a tic varies from person to person and needs to be worked at. Tics may be more prevalent when angry, sad, anxious or excited but it is different for everyone. What can calm them down also differs from person to person, music seems to help quiet them down for a time for a lot of people. Being engrossed into a task can usually mean a reduction in tics. Examples of tics may be: Squeaking Eye twitching Grimacing Coughing Blinking Gasping Touching other people or things Repeating your word words or others Is there a cure? Tourette's for many is a lifelong condition. There is no cure. Certain medications can be used to help people but with limited success. There is also therapy that can help called CBIT or HRT - Habit Reversal Training. Therapy is quite hard to access because of lack of training with professionals. One of the better ways to treat TS is to target the comorbid conditions, this should mean a reduction in tics. Does cannabis help? Some people find it can help their tics dramatically but others find it can make them much worse or does nothing at all - just like with any drug out there the response is very personal and cannot be predicted. How common is Tourette's? Tourette's is estimated to affect 1 in 100 children. This number is less for adults as Tourette's can a chance of diminishing completely upon adulthood. A child may simply have a coughing and a blinking tic, whilst this is still a very weak form of the condition it could still be classified as Tourette's if the doctor is trained in recognising the symptoms. Should a child be punished for ticcing? Punishment for ticcing is counter-productive. Tics are involuntary. As emotions can affect tics, as discussed above, it is not helpful to upset the person for ticcing, the frequency of tic will most likely get worse for a time. How can you help someone with Tourette's? Don't bring attention to their tics; a lot of people are very self concious about their tics. Attention to them can make them worse for the person but don't be afraid to talk to the person about them. Ask the person politely about them if you're curious, many are happy to talk to others about them and makes the person with TS more comfortable. Personal Note If you have Tourette's or another tic disorder do not let it change you. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going. Own your tics. Be proud of them. If someone makes a comment on them calmly explain you have this condition if they reject your explanation, just laugh and move on, it sucks but you can't change everyone's opinion. What you can change though is your response to their's. These people are not important in any way to your life. Those that matter don't mind, those that mind don't matter.
  3. Ahaha! That's great! Where do I start? I guess I should say for someone getting pounded in jail every night I don't think he knows exactly what a 'loser' is! But if he doesn't want to be viewed as autistic then great, I'm all for that! I think it's great that he cares about autistic people enough to not want some cunt to represent us in the media. I have no problem with what he said.
  4. Yeah, pretty much. I scored 37 the last time I did it just before I started taking aripiprazole. Honestly I don't mind if my tics go away completely, I just want to times when I get semi tic attacks to go. And as strange as it might sound I've kind of grown accustomed to have Tourette's and it kind of interests me when a new tic comes along.
  5. Yeah, can't say if it's helped yet, I'm not on week 5. It can take up to 8 weeks, I think. I'm also not on the target dose anyway which is 20 mg so still the ways. I did actually have a nosy at the Yale Tic Scale and jot down a number, gonna see what it's like in a months time or so. But yeah, see what quetiapine does for you first.
  6. Not yet. We're aiming at 20 mg. So far it's pretty much the same. I haven't had any "attacks" for a while though which is really what I wanted to go, I don't mind if I tic.
  7. I did actually start a thread in the NOS sub forum. I'm currently taking aripiprazole to help with my tics. It's the best one for treating tics in the AAP family.
  8. This one is working out quite well for me. Still not doing anything for tics though.
  9. Surprisingly no. During school I effectively learnt how to make friends so being different never really crossed my mind. But I know plenty of other autistics who do very much feel alienated from society, it is not an uncommon feeling to have.
  10. You might have seen my other thread. I started on 10 mg and I've only had a bit of difficulty sleeping for the first few nights - mainly because no one told me when to take the damn tablets. But that has died down now and I get no side effects what so ever. Aripiprazole charts show that compared to other antipsychotics it has the most neutral side effects. It's less likely to make you gain weight, increase your prolactin levels - and can actually decrease them if you've had raised prolactin levels in the past like what I have, is less likely to cause extrapyramidal side effects i.e movement disorders amongst other things. So far I've been more motivated to do things, which for me is a big deal.
  11. Pro-tip: If you have a need to slap yourself on the side of your head and you own a hoodie, put the hood up to protect yourself. I think I kind of have to feel pain for that tic to go away so I end up slapping myself more in a single instance but at least it avoid being catching my eye.
  12. My care coordinator is going to pick some people's brains about autism-centred occupational therapy for me. I had an email forwarded by him by a clinic psychologist who listed that as one thing I could try. I'm don't know what it completely covers, he only mentioned sensory needs in it. I'll be interested to see what it will be about, the internet offers no clues in that regard.
  13. That's cool. I'm supposed to be aiming at 20mg of aripiprazole and that's to help with my tics because I get bad days with them sometimes.
  14. I don't know if risperidone is counter acting the aripiprazole's activating effects. I don't plan to be on risperidone for much longer and I'm a little worried about find out what it's done for me.
  15. Quite a lot of the time. Homosexuals have a gayder. We have an autismdar.