Are nootropics safe for an eight year old child with high functioning autism / aspergers and which ones would benefit? My son has strange obsessions with maps memorizing cities locations directions,smoke detectors, electronics. He also has Awkward social skills.
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Really, there's room for error with anything. Please talk to a doctor. Even if a doctor recommends supplements, don't give anything you can't test the purity of. An 8 year old cannot possibly understand the risks and thus can't consent.
But I agree so hard with "Your son is likely too young to be using most nootropics without supervised use by an expert". At 10 years old your son really shouldnt be taking any exogenous chemicals at all. let the young mind stabilize a bit and figure out a proper baseline before trying to change it.
Another thing worth mentioning is that adhd is over prescribed in western society. The amphetamine analogues prescribed will at proper doses help far more than anything else and fix it in the long run so dont be afraid of them, but at the same time for someone who is misdiagnosed it will actually give them adhd. There was a research paper I read which detailed and highlighted this phenomenon which i can dig up if youre interested.
I'm all for nootropics but again for the little man id focus more so on stuff like alpha gpc.. Ashwaghanda.. Stuff like that.. They make great formulas for this now
EDIT: I would avoid oxiracetam, pramiracetam, and phenylpiracetam until you have tried less stimulating options.
Seriously, take him to an actual licensed professional. Unless you're a doctor, that's slightly abusive. I kind of understand what you're trying to do, but it's also a little fucked up that you gave yourself the authority to test substances on a developing brain.
Ultimately it was wanting to change though and educating my self as to how to resolve the issues I had. If my parents were to try to force these changes on me I'd probably have been very resistant, so I don't know. Not as easy I guess as taking some pills lol.
Probably better to first do feldenkrais/anat baniel movement method combined with proper diet (possibly ketogenic or gaps)
If you google nootropics and autism you can find so good info ,blogs and formulas for autistic kids . It may also be a good idea to look into ADD and nootropics as well as autism and ADD/ADHD commonly overlap .
3 seems too young for noots try keto/gaps diet, high probiotics, and lots of therapy until they get older. Not sure of anything else
There are a number of studies on Piracetam and children with adhd and other disorders so assume it's safe, but I never recommend for peeps under 18
Why not go for evidenced based treatments for autism instead of attempting to use drugs to trigger in a different neural networking pattern - something which has no evidence.
Many nootropics are simply isolated or modified nutrients. If intelligently selected they may hold great promise for spectrum disorders, however this is a very slippery slope, which is why i recommended the 2 pillars of health: movement and nutrition. Of course even these 2 are massively complex but there is tons of evidence in their favor to nudge neurobiochemistry in healthy directions.
No secondary effects.