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Barbara Fischkin on the Columbia University Autism Conference

Posted Jul 12 2009 12:00am

Dan mulvaney Read Barbara Fischkin's full blog post at her Spectrum Publications Blog.

Taking our son Dan off the anti-psychotic Haldol, or Haloperidol, has been harder for him than we ever imagined. It's a long autism-related story and when the process is complete, or perhaps sooner, I expect to write about it in great detail.
For now, here's the short version: My husband and I put Dan on this invasive drug many years ago for some very good reasons. Basically, it enabled us to keep him home until he became an adult. It stopped him from being a danger to himself and to others - and at the time it was the only thing that worked. A relatively low dose of Haldol treated a potentially lethal combination of autism, adolescence and puberty. Now, at almost 22, Dan is courageously facing some very difficult withdrawal hurdles.

If there is a bright side to this, it is that Dan's aggressive behaviors have not returned off the Haldol. I suspect the bio-medical interventions he is on have something major to do with this, as does his age. My fingers are crossed...


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