my 23 year old son has aspergers, depression, and severe anxiety
attacks. he is on Risperdol 2 mg 2 tab am, 1 tab 3 pm, 2 tabs hs,
diazepam 5 mg 2 tabs am, 1 tab 3 pm, 2 tabs hs
he is tapering off Cymbalta and will start Viibryx (sp?)next week
He is also on testosterone replacement therapy (his lab level was 160, with normal range between 700-900. He has been on the testosterone for approximately 1 month. He had follow up labs drawn earlier this week but his psychiatrist hasn't received the lab report yet
We began a gluten free diet this week at his doc's suggestion
He has a past hx of severe asthma as a little guy, sinus infections and polyps, for which he has undergone 3 surgeries, and he has had reflux since early infancy. He was diagnosed with an allergy to milk, bread (especially the yeast) and yellow dye #5.
He has been extremely depressed, states that he has suicidal ideation but doesnt want to carry through because he doesn't want to hurt me and my 17-yr-old daughter. \\he states that he is feeling emotions, and that they are overwhelming to him. He states that he has cried more in the last few months than he has cried in his whole life His usual soothing behaviors are not helping. He loves certain video games but right now, he is becoming extremely anxious when he plays. He has a strong interest in politics, but he can't seem to focus or stay attentive to the commentary that he's always loved. He loves shows like Survivor and Big Brother, but lately he hasn't even watched a whole episode and he is not watching the recorded episodes either. Normally he watches so closely, even watching the computer feeds during the times that the show isn't on tv. He will go in the bathroom and read or sleep with the shower turned on because he finds the noise of the water soothing, but that isnt helping either. the only thing that seems to help is that he comes to my room probably 10 times daily and asks me to rub his head and massage his shoulders, and for right now that is helping a little, but i havent slept more than 2 hours or so in the last month because he will wake me when he needs his head rubbed.
His psychiatrist offered him the opportunity to go inpatient until his meds are adusted and his depression is improved to the point that he doesn't feel suicidal. Since he never does any decision-making without a thorough investigation of the situation, he asked to be able to go home and think about it before he decided. He has decided that he wants to go to the hospital.
Unfortunately we live in a fairly small town, and all the inpatient psych facilities have closed. Houston is the closet city to us, but Ive been searching the web for about 6 hours and have yet to find any facility that treats adult asperger patients. I agree that he would benefit from the structure and the distance from the things that are upsetting to him, but I have found NOTHING. His doc usually admits patients to a hospital in Conroe, TX but it doesn't list services for autism
spectrum disorders for adults.
I'm frustrated because there doesn't seem to be ANY facilities in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or Houston, and I feel strongly that he needs to be on a unit that has experience with asoerger patients. the majority of the programs I did
read about were mostly focused on drug rehab.
I have no idea where else to look for an inpatient treatment facility anywhere within a 250 mile radius of our home. I am confused at the lack of facilities, and my son is certain that I'll find what he needs and help him, and I'm a little worried that I won't be able to find what he needs. Can you offer any suggestions?