Best Medications for Anxiety & OCD in Autistic Adults
Fluoxetine is FDA-approved for treating anxiety, OCD, and depression in both children and adults.
Studies have clearly shown that nearly 92% of all OCD patients suffer also from one other disorder, which therapists refer to co-existing disorders as “comorbid.” Patients with OCD often average about almost three with comorbid disorders each.
Several behaviors linked with OCD like social problems, anxiety, and repetitive behaviors are also common of ASD. Although the appearance of OCD and ASD might be similar on the outside, the specific processes driving these behaviors are rather very different, and each needs a wholly different type of treatment. Using usual OCD treatment interventions with autistic patients with OCD comorbid will be ineffective and vice versa. Thus, it’s critical to figure out which behaviors originate from a patient’s ASD and from OCD. This has become one of the biggest challenges in treating anyone with both disorders. Additional difficulties in treating people with ASD and OCD comorbid are:
Lack of insight
Extreme, sudden, and frequent mood changes
General inability to connect socially and emotionally