Autism, Anxiety, and A Real Miracle

Fireworks over Lake


Over the past four months or so, I’ve shared with you all on Facebook a number of times that my son has been dealing with pretty severe anxiety.   And you all have been very helpful offering recommendations.  Thank you!  If you haven’t “liked” Whole New Mom on Facebook, please do join us.  It’s a very supportive community over there.

You see, my son suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.  And Asperger’s almost always comingles (goes together) with anxiety.

Over the past 5 months, his anxiety has increased to the point of being well—really bad.  Mainly it’s been anxiety about his life threatening food allergies.

It’s been hard some days to handle it.

To wonder if we can keep going.

To wonder if he’ll get better.

Over the years, we’re tried a lot of things to heal my son.  You can read more about it in Natural Autism Healing and the Best Therapy of All.

We’ve tried a lot of things to help his anxiety, and are working closely with our practitioner to manage his stress.

We’ve tried  / are trying the following:

Natural Anxiety Remedies

We’ve been working with our practitioner, Theresa Vernon, for about 1 1/2 years now.

You might recall that I’ve introduced you to her in my posts on adrenal fatigue (Are You Just Tired — Or is it Something More?) and heavy metals (Could You Have Metal Poisoning and Not Know It? ~ Part One).
Theresa said that my son’s tests have shown the most copper than she has ever seen in one individual in her 10+ years of practice.
And copper causes anxiety (amongst other things.)
So we are working on getting the copper out and getting him calm.
Anyway–just because you think there might be an end to the tunnel doesn’t mean it’s easy to see it.
Well, this year, on the Fourth of July, we had a very interesting twist in our son’s anxiety story.
See the fireworks in the photo above?  Well, he used to be petrified of them.
As in–he’s never sat through them.
We’ve tried.  Many times.  He even gets super anxious just talking about them.
Most of you are new to my blog, but last year I shared in my post on True Freedom on the Fourth ~ An Autism Story how my son overcame a number of his anxieties on the Fourth of July.  He had victory over:
  • feathers
  • clowns
  • well, fireworks–not really.
Well, this year we got a real surprise.
If you look closely at the top photo, you can make out the head shape on the right side.
That’s my son’s friend.
Now—look closely at this next photo.
Fireworks over Lake
One head on either side of the photo, right?
The head on the left belongs to my son.  The one on the right is his friend’s.
He made it through the whole fireworks show.
Yes, with sound reducing ear muffs on, but he. made. it.
And he even says that he had “a great time.”
I’m still not sure why.
At first I thought it was because his friend was there, but his friend was there last year too.
Were we more calm about the fireworks thing this year?   I don’t think so.
Not sure why – but he did it.
His other anxieties?  Not the feathers and clown so much, but the other stuff?
They’re still here.
And this Momma is tempted to despair when they get bad.
But here’s to small miracles.
Here’s to small victories.
And here’s to good memories.
I’m purposing to send these photos off to be developed this week so I can get them in a photo album and remember the day we had a Small Miracle on the Fourth of July.
Do you have a “Small (or Big) Miracle” to share?
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  1. I admire all of you. My 7 year old is PDD-NOS and has significant anxiety. We’ve tried GABA & not sure if its helped. I may try some of the other things you’ve mentioned. Now that my son can swallow capsules I will try ashwanganda (his DAN Dr. suggested). Right now the anxiety is exhausting me at times, but manageable since we live w/ my parents (single parent) and he goes to a small private school….however, if I were a single parent w/o any support I would be all over the medication alternative just to keep my own sanity! I have to lay by him every night in order for him to go to sleep and cannot leave one level of the TH w/o him running after me. One of my new strategies is to ask him to count to 30 seconds if I have run into another room to grab something (especially bad in winter when its dark) and I’ll tell him I’ll be back by then. Also, if I am in another room then I’ll sing or talk loud so he knows I’m there. I always inform him when I’m leaving a floor or room-his fears are genuine and I don’t what to exacerbate them. Good luck to all!!

    • I feel for you. What is “TH”…townhome? Anyway, I read some kids can’t uptake GABA without valerian. Have you tried going off all candida-feeding sugars? We found that helped but also melatonin to help sleep. Take care.

  2. Awwww, so happy for you guys. My son has anxiety about his food allergies right now, not touching things with his hands and only the end of his shirt. :( I also have two boys like you. I hope we get to chat soon! I now feel like I’m stalking you, LOL. But your posts are all intriguing, and I’m officially sucked in.