Is He Crazy, Fine or just Zak? Anxiety and Autism

April 28, 2012

Hold the presses everyone!  The kid is fine. After several days, Zak is acting somewhat normal (well, Zak normal).  Allergies! That is all we can put our finger on. He had a similar problem weeks ago when ZAKSMOM was on the road and he was miserable. Took him to the doctor who said “no big deal. He has allergies.” Sure enough, gave him some allergy medication and within a day he was back to being outside and playing.

This was different though. He was talking about dying, constantly. He did not want us to touch him or get near fire (we have a gas stove) or give him his supplements because we may have touched the fire AND THEREFORE IF HE TOUCHES THE SUPPLEMENTS, HE WILL CATCH ON FIRE!  Kid is CRAZY, right?  Or is it just now his mind processes the world (and the anxiety) around him.  He now is asking about a broken heart and the many ways it can be broken (I know, sweet huh?).  So much anxiety – so much worry.  All without reason and all without a way to reason with him.

Bottom line, we never know what gets into the kid’s mind and then how to get it out of him what is bothering him.  Funny thing is, allergies, which make us all irritable, makes him worry about death and that the shutdown (fleeing) is the only way to handle the issue.  Kids are kids right?  All kids have anxiety and they all question mortality.  I can tell you though as a parent that raises a typical child as well, it is different.  Much different.  It is beyond obsession and it leads to unrecoverable meltdowns and completely fleeing the scene (recently found him in his closet under his Angry Birds and blankets after I was cooking dinner and he thought we would all catch fire!).  Most kids can recover and reason with the anxiety,  he can’t (and hell yea, it is frustrating!).

Like I recently blogged on triggers, I can never know what is causing the anxiety.  Maybe it is allergies as the medicine does seem to alleviate the behavior but hell, it could be ZAKSMOM being gone or the worry of his best friend going to a different school next year or that he did not win at the claw machine yesterday or his sister’s snoring or…damn this list never ends!

It is the hardest part about helping your child – sometimes you can’t because he does not know how to tell you how to help him.  Anxiety in an Autistic child is so much different than that of a typical child.  And man, it is frustrating.  But as his school nurse would say, “that’s just Zak being Zak.”

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