Lost and Depressed with Asperger's Syndrome
February 3 2007
I'm feeling so "non-caring" right now and that makes me feel even worse. Our daughter scored in the 88th percentile taking her PSAT's in 10th grade and colleges are emailing her left and right but I'm having trouble finding joy in it even though I am SO INCREDIBLY PROUD (maybe because of my fear that our son's health issues will keep us from paying for our daughter's college).
I'm so tired of our son treating me/us the way he does. Smart-alek remarks, mean looks, eye rolls, etc.
He has Asperger's Syndrome, Bi-Polar, OCD, ODD, ADD, Depression, GAD, and typical teenager hormones all rolled in together (he comes by these problems honestly as I have most of them myself).
If he didn't have all the other problems I'm certain that his Asperger's would actually be a good thing, especially by everything I read from other parents about their children who have Asperger's (and kids themselves who have Asperger's) but not the other problems that our son has.
I have no joy right now, I have nothing that is making me happy and nothing to look forward to and that worries my husband. I don't want to work (I'm self-employed Downloadable Construction Forms ), I don't want to read, I don't want to watch tv, I don't want to have intimate relations with my husband, I don't want to eat, I just don't want to do anything except sleep.
I don't wish or am even considering suicide but at the same time I continue to ask myself, why go on?
We recently moved to a beautiful, totally gorgeous island called Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. I love it here and we want to build a website about it but I can't even bring myself to write about the wonderful things because I'm in such an apathetic mood.
I'm becoming more and more familiar with my own depression issues (I'm on 60 mg of Prozac every day) and a small part of my mind keeps saying "it'll be better within a few days" but it's such a small part of my mind saying that, while the rest is saying "what's the use?". Maybe my Prozac isn't working any longer?
I need to force myself to be happy but not today, or even tomorrow. Well, tomorrow is bill paying day so I guess it's already destined to be a "not happy day" anyway so might as well kill two birds with one stone.
I hope to feel better soon, I so much prefer when I'm feeling happy. I want to go out and explore our beautiful Whidbey Island and take pictures and write about how wonderful it is but I can't bring myself to do it right now.
I need to force myself to go out and explore Whidbey Island and relish in its beauty (it really is absolutely gorgeous here, around every corner is a beautiful surprise) and you know what they say about "act happy and you'll be happy".
Plus my sad mood affects my entire family, it's like when I'm down, nothing runs right. :(
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I'm so tickled that authors have been contacting me and asking me to review their new books for them!
For as much time as I spend researching Asperger's Syndrome this website should have thousands of pages but because my son has Asperger's Syndrome I find that the things I want to work on very often are not the things that I have to work on so I'm still not able to spend as much time on it as I'd like to.
As he heads into adulthood (he turned 18 on Dec 13 and yes I need to update some things at my website such as my home page that says he's 17) I'm finding that I have even less time on my hands as I spend more time trying to master the puzzle of how to help him transition into "life after high school".
That's where Autism Tomorrow: The Complete Guide To Help Your Child Thrive In The Real World comes in. It's a guide to help your kids after high school. You'll find parts of the book will be applicable and some won't depending on your child's current age. Although the title implies "Autism after high school" there is still quite a bit in there about what to do before your child hits "real life". But overall a helpful book.
Please contact me if you'd like to send a copy of your book to me for review. I would absolutely love it!
Fiction, Non-fiction, Auto-Biographies, Instructional books, etc. I'm interested in them all. :) And if you autograph it that would be SUPER cool! ;)