I feel antidepressants caused autism

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I feel antidepressants caused autism
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Sun, 07-25-2010 - 11:08am

I know the official word is that it does not. BUT, I see posts all over the internet asking about it while people "assure" others that they heard from a doctor that it does not, therefore, it does not.

I do not and will not ever believe that. I want to see a blind study done by scientists, not just doctors, and not pharmaceutical companies. Where it compares the outcome of babies whose mothers had been on antidepressants and those who have not been.

I am sickened by people's excuses that if a mother "needed" antidepressants while pregnant, she probably passed something on to the baby. Yet, I have noticed that at the slightest hormonal tear, doctors seem pretty quick to jump in and prescribe medications. I do not believe that the relationship can be explained by mere genetics. Doctors need to stop providing drugs to hormonal pregnant women and start giving emotional support and support groups and such.

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Sun, 07-25-2010 - 12:54pm
I wasn't on antidepressants before or during pregnancy. Neither was Himself. So I can definitively state than in our case, it was not a factor.

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Sun, 07-25-2010 - 1:16pm
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Sun, 07-25-2010 - 4:52pm
I have also never taken antidepressants. Ever. So it certainly played no role in my son's autism. With that said, I would not begrudge anyone medication that they feel they need. The attitude that
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Sun, 07-25-2010 - 8:03pm

Something interesting to add about depression. Diabetics are prone to depression. They are also more prone osteoporosis as well.

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Sun, 07-25-2010 - 9:58pm

Well, I did take antidepressants while pregnant with my first (the one w/ASD).

                                

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Mon, 07-26-2010 - 7:31am
Same here.
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Mon, 07-26-2010 - 7:34am
Autism predates anti-depressants and vaccinations, so neither can be the *cause*. They may be a factor/influence or merely a correlation, but not the cause.
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Mon, 07-26-2010 - 8:25am
Never on antidepressants either. I stopped trying to figure out why a long time ago. Although every now and then it pops back in my heard. I do often wonder why the number of kids with autism is on the rise. I agree there needs to be a lot of studies done that do not involve the FDA and big pharma.



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Registered: 07-17-2007
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 10:46am

My DOS's therapist and I have our own theories about why autism is on the rise - especially high functioning. One is that their talents now get them good jobs (physics, engineering, math, computer programing...-all relatively new since WWII- nerds are "in") and thus are more "marraigable" and thus procreating more. They are good husbands/wives because they are true, consistent, good providers, reliable...... The other is that in general they are less coordinated and in less safe times were more prone to accidents - thus eliminating them from the gene pool.

We say it somewhat tongue in cheek, but with some truth behind it too.

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Mon, 07-26-2010 - 11:27am

I have a slightly different twist.

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