Question on Autism & Benzodiazapenes

Jared Blackburn blackjar at
Tue Dec 10 21:54:11 EST 1996

I been told that Anit-Psychotic and Anti-Depressants have been given to
Autisc people wiht listtle affect -- I'm really not surprized.  But given the
common neural over arousal and the effacy of benzodiazapenes in treating
various catatonic state (which have many features simmilar to those found in
severly autistic individuals), have they ever been tried with autism?  If
so, was it helpful?  Is there any reason to suspect that it would not work?
I'm not suggesting this as a means of control, but of releif.  (In the case
of high-fuctioning individuals, voluntary only -- i.e. not to change the 
unwilling or satified.)


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