09-12-2016 06:40 PM
I think this is a personal decision and needs to be weighed up with pros and cons and a lot of research I'm like you when drugs are suggested I think Mmm is there another way 1st ... But teenagers think different as much as we try to teach them how to deal with issues and learn to love themselves sometimes it's not reaching them ... I think with anti depressants as long as you realise it's a quick fix and you need to understand you do have to wean yourself off them at some point .. I'm More declined to teach them best ways to deal ie...writing keeping journals, communication, meditation techniques are also good kids can go on utube type in guide meditation and try it,
09-13-2016 07:36 PM
Hi @Fruittingle nice to meet you on the forum.
I wouldn't call antidepressents a "quick fix". Most take around six weeks the reach therapeutic efficacy. And many people have to take a succession of anti-depressants before they find one that agrees with them.
Also, just like diabetics, some people with depression find they must take medication for the rest of their lives.
10-27-2016 11:18 AM
My 14 year old daughter has been on anti depressants for 6 weeks.
I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ok that.
But it may well save her life.
As yet we haven't found the right dose and have been increasing it slightly over time but the alternative is far worse (she is suicidal).
Once we get through the worst of this I will look at natural alternatives but in my opinion this is not the time for us.
Good luck with your child. We're all doing the best we can.
10-27-2016 01:44 PM - last edited on 10-27-2016 03:27 PM by Kalis
My GP & the psychiatrist told me and his mum that it may take a few weeks to get the dose right when my then 7yo was diagnosed with depression and ADHD. He was talking about self harm too. We were strongly encouraged to get back to the psych with feedback daily so he could adjust the dose. He got it right in a couple of days, a massive improvement day 1, then a few tweaks.
If I could offer a bit of non qualified advice, try to give her the meds around the same time of day and make sure that the psych knows where she is in her menstrual cycle - it matters I'm told.
My son is now 20 and still takes his ADHD meds but weaned off the anti depressant within 18 months and has not had any issues with depression for over 11 years. I see the SSRI meds as being like a splint on a broken arm, it gives support for a while until nature takes its course and she recovers, but without the splint there will likely be lots of harm done.
Above all else make sure she knows that your love is unconditional.
Good luck with her treatment and hang in there. Remember that you're not alone even though it feels like it at first.
10-27-2016 03:48 PM
That's so true @LovingThruBlue, 'we're all doing the best we can'. It's great that you have been able to recognise what your daughter and your family need now. Thinking of you.
@waldo_pepper Thanks for sharing your son's journey with and after medication. It must have been a really difficult time for your family but you found a way to pull through and keep up communication. Well done you. You mentioned not being alone despite feeling otherwise – were there any resources in particular that you accessed to help you through? Also, I hope you don't mind but I edited your post to remove specific medication details.
10-27-2016 04:32 PM
Hi Kalis, probably a smart move to remove specifics, I didn't think it through - thanks.
As for support, we have close friends at our local church who are always ready, willing and able to listen and help when it all seems a bit overwhelming. I so appreciated being able to talk through my own worries and fears for our then little boy who was talking frightening thoughts.
I'm glad, very glad, that I haven't needed their help for over a decade, but I'm also very glad to know that it's there should I ever need it again.
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