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25 year old son w/autism and severe sleep disorder

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My 25 year old son, diagnosed with autism, severe anxiety, intellectual/developmental disability, has had a severe sleep disorder his entire life.

He averages about 3.5 hours of sleep per night. Often, that's not all at the same time but aggregate between 10pm - 6am.

Over the years, we've tried dozens (and dozens...) of both alternative and conventional treatments.

Specific to prescription medications to help induce sleep, we've tried over 15. Almost all medications have had a paradoxical effect on him (activating vs. sedating). None have helped with sleep. 

He's been on risperidone for about 3 years. No other meds.

We have not tried Trazadone (and probably many others).

ANY ideas are welcome!




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Deborah, I'm so sorry to tell you-as an Autistic adult, it is genuinely painful to me-that we are a first-person site. That means that we don't answer questions asked about other people. If your son wants to open his own account and communicate with us, we will be very glad to have him, but we don't allow third party questions.

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I wish you and your son the best.

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