Free Lecture: Medication, Mental Health, and Autism

Friends of Autistic People (FAP) and Greenwich Hospital will co-host Dr. Roger Jou, Medical Director at the Center for Translational ¬†Developmental Neuroscience, Yale Child Study Center at the Noble Conference Center, in a presentation entitled “Medication, Mental Health, and Autism on Monday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Jou will speak about new treatment strategies, including experimental  approaches targeting core social and communication vulnerabilities.

Dr. Jou is one of the few autism focused psychiatrists who treats the older child and adult with autism. He advises on using as little medication as possible and warns against over medicating. He states that Individuals living with autism are at increased risk for mental health conditions.

Some examples include anxiety, depression, inattention and hyperactivity. While there are no medications approved for treating the underlying social disability of autism, these co-occurring mental health conditions can often be effectively treated with the same medications approved for use in their typically developing peers. However, careful adaptation is required to ensure accurate assessment which is essential for safe and effective treatment.

Adaptations not only include tailored prescribing practises, but also close collaboration with key professionals and family members. Given the shortage of prescribers and other professionals specialized in treating mental health conditions in individuals living with autism, the aforementioned process is at risk for breakdown.

This presentation addresses these various challenges by providing an overview on psychotropic medications followed by principles and practises for use in this special population. There will be time for Q& A.

Brita Darany von Regensburg, founder/president of FAP, Dr. Roger Jou, Dr. Linda Rammler, Roses for Autism at a recent autism celebration at the Capitol

Brita Darany von Regensburg, founder/president of FAP, Dr. Roger Jou, Dr. Linda Rammler, Roses for Autism at a recent autism celebration at the Capitol

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