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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Registered: 09-07-2006
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 12:36pm

I took no antidepressants during my pregnancy with my DS(PDD-NOS). However, I do take them now and thank goodness for that! As for vaccinations, I noticed no significant changes after each round of shots but I will always feel guilty about following the current schedule. We do have nephew with Aspergers and several other members of my DH's family are suspect. I believe that genetics certainly plays a strong role in my son's dx but I still wonder what else did. I hope someday to be at peace and stop asking myself if I caused my DS's ASD.


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Registered: 01-07-2009
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 10:17pm

I think it's a shame that so many Mom's are blaming themselves for their child's ASD. There really is no know cause for autism. Like of PP, I believe it is genetic with an environmental trigger. I personally was not on anti-depressants and my son did not have the regression from the MMR that I know other mother's have witnessed. What I have discovered, is that there is a correlation between my pre-eclampsia and subsequent thyroiditis and my son's autism. But really, there could be any number of things that could trigger it. I was also of an advanced age.

With child number 2, I did choose to vaccinate on the normal schedule. I do not feel guilty by this choice.

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