How do I get my son with Asperger’s to understand if he continues with unwanted behaviors he may end up in prison or beaten badly?
Sometimes it is difficult to see a positive future for a child with Asperger’s Syndrome. While most are socially awkward and sensory challenged, some are truly troubled by psychological stressors. Comorbid conditions like Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and severe depression can cause a child with Asperger’s Syndrome serious problems. The unwanted behaviors can be terrifying for parents to witness. The thought of your child living dangerously can leave you feeling so heavy and helpless.
As mentioned, a child with Asperger’s Syndrome rarely manifests danger without additional psychological issues. Asperger’s alone is usually much milder in nature. Your first action should be investigating the possibility of comorbidity. Comorbid conditions usually create a handful of serious shared symptoms among the milder symptoms of each diagnosis. Those shared symptoms can cause a lot of trouble. Unfortunately, this is a serious problem that must be handled by a professional.
A counselor, therapist, or mental health professional can evaluate your child with Asperger’s for troublesome behaviors and help form a plan for treatment. This individual can also offer support to you as you parent this troubled child. Some conditions may require intense therapy and medication. In some cases, cognitive behavioral therapy can help. This therapy helps the child learn how his actions are related to his feelings and emotions. Once this is established the child can better understand why he reacts in certain ways to specific stimuli. Possible therapies and medications include:
- Psychotherapy or talk therapy can get to the root of the problem if the child is willing to open up about his symptoms.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy deals with feelings and emotions as noted above.
- Antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and mood stabilizers can help your child deal with these symptoms
In the case of your child with Asperger’s, successful treatment will depend mainly on his willingness to accept his part in these unwanted behaviors, and to participate in the treatment plan you or a mental health professional formulate especially for him. You will not be able to make him understand the consequences of his behavior if he is unwilling to let you try. For some people, it takes a first-hand experience to create the desire to seek change. Let’s hope your child is open to treatment now.
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