You are absolutely not a bad mother! You are a good mother for being open to the possibility that zoloft may be his only reprieve from the anxiety. I have been on zoloft for years and it's been a Godsend. Some people need that extra help and if it relieves your sons anxiety, then it is a good thing. There are very few side effects and withdrawal is minimal. Stay away from paxil though. Good Luck!
Thanks so much! I am so happy to hear that zoloft has worked for you. I am praying it works for our son. Thanks for the wonderful advice. I really appreciate that so much because I feel so much guilt. Thanks for your kind words.
I also have a child with autism and he has severe anxiety and compulsions and his anxiety got in the way of everyday living. So much so that as a four year old, even though he loved Dora the Explorer, he was not able to watch a new episode of a show because of the anxiety associated with the newness of it.
I have never regretted putting my son on anti anxiety meds from an early age because of the massive improvement I saw in his quality of life. I also suffered from severe anxiety as times and have had the occasion to be medicated. I had a huge problem with this until I saw massive improvements within weeks.
If this is what will help your son do not feel guilty. In a perfect world no one would need any medication. But it isn't perfect and our bodies sometimes don't work properly.
Take comfort that you are doing the best with the information you have
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