08-05-2016 04:38 PM
My 14 year old son was diagnosed last year with depression. His psychologist recommended he start on anti depressants. Our GP was happy to prescribe them as she felt that it was necessary as well, however she wanted him to see a child psychiatrist as well to ensure we were on the right track. We ended up seeing someone from RCH child and adolescent department. He conducted a full cognitive and psychological assessment and recommended that he stay on the anti depressants. He still has regular contact with his GP and the school social worker and the psychologist when we can get in. All this is working but he still has very down days but not like before. He is not self harming and is more confident to talk to his support people. The anti depressants have definitely helped and I believe are necessary so that he is in a position to actively engage with the support team, before he was just closed up and not open to receiving help. Good luck with your daughter, it's a very tricky time for everyone enfolded.
08-05-2016 10:34 PM
Gee that's great news @Mbfwt. You must be feeling relieved. As I said it's not all beer and skittles but most days are OK. My son also feels much better when he incorporates exercise - he'll go for a run or take a skipping rope and work out in the garage area.
08-05-2016 10:41 PM - edited 08-07-2016 10:44 AM
Your son is lucky to have you @melindas. Sounds to me like he's getting the best help there is. Good on you, I know it's an effort -- all the appointments, adjusting to medications, still having occasional down days etc.
I tell my son that antidepressenst are great for treating the chemical imbalance of seratonin in his brain but they are not going to prevent "sadness" which is a normal human emotion. He feels he's more skilled now at telling the difference between "sadness" and "depression" and that gives him a sense of security.
08-06-2016 08:27 AM
It can be tough juggling appointments and sometimes feeling like we are getting no where but then we have a night like last night when he came home from football and had kicked a goal and their team had a great win and he was in such a good mood.
You are right, a bit of exercise can make such a difference. Sometimes he doesn't want to train or play but when he does he always feels so much better.
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