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Old 11-14-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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Whatever, Dorothy. It's easy for you to cry the sky is falling when you have no direct experience with your own child in this situation.

I'm well aware of the risks in more ways than you could possibly know. I have my own opinion on why those risks exist. I'm surprised researchers haven't figured out that it's a dosage issue.

As with all medical treatment, the benefits and risks need to be weighed. Just because there are risks is no reason to not have medical treatment.

A child can die due to complications of anesthesia having an appendectomy, but you wouldn't chose to not have the appendectomy.

Teens aren't often receptive to therapy without medication. Not receiving treatment can actually put their lives at risk too.

I'm know the OP is aware of the risks you warn her about. I'm not sure why you continue to rant about them. Consider her duly informed.

Each child's situation is different. It's up to parents to make the decision for their own child.

The OP wants to hear from parents who experienced this first hand themselves with their own children.


I'm sorry you feel that I'm ranting when all that I was doing was bringing up a point that I feel is relevant and important to the topic at hand and one that I have personal experience with. I have no idea what the op knows and doesn't know and this is a factor that I would want to know about if my teen was depressed and I was considering medication. I am not anti-medication. It's one of many factors to take into consideration. I think I already said that though.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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Dorthy, the OP didn't ask what studies show. The OP hasn't requested links to news articles, or research papers. The OP has not posted to get information from the FDA. If the OP wanted info from the FDA, the OP would have checked with the FDA. The OP is here on the Parenting forum, asking for people who have first-hand experience dealing with children with depression, what their PERSONAL experiences have been.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:02 AM
 
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Dorthy, the OP didn't ask what studies show. The OP hasn't requested links to news articles, or research papers. The OP has not posted to get information from the FDA. If the OP wanted info from the FDA, the OP would have checked with the FDA. The OP is here on the Parenting forum, asking for people who have first-hand experience dealing with children with depression, what their PERSONAL experiences have been.
I did post about my personal experience. My friend killed himself a couple of months after getting on anti-depressants. It still rattles me to this day to think about it and I contributed to this thread based on my personal experience with anti-depressants and teenagers.

To the op, I'm sorry if you feel that anythign I've contributed was out of line. That was never my intention at all. Like I said before, I'm not anti-meds. It's only one of many factors to consider.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: earth?
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I don't know why the OP is not left to speak for herself. She does not need spokespersons. Dorthy, you are very patient, given the attacks. This is an important piece of info to consider, and I am so sorry for your loss.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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Why all the snark this Monday morning? Both Dorthy and AnonChick offered good info to the OP.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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My son was on an antidepressant (Prozac) for several weeks a couple of years ago. It was started because he was floundering in high school, failing his classes and on the computer way, way too much. He has a history of ADHD and his pediatrician referred him to a psychiatrist who prescribed the Prozac. His behavior worsened and became more and more oppositional and dramatic with threats of suicide. We stopped the Prozac....

I don't know if there was any correlation or if it was just that the Prozac was initiated at a time when his behavior was on a downward slide, but it frightened us. We ended up getting him into an adolescent group therapy and changed schools to a setting where he got more attention. Things improved without medication.

I would never say that I would never try antidepressants again if the symptoms warranted, but at that time, I don't think we really were treating depression...

Hope something there helps.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Why all the snark this Monday morning?
Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays.

I am a teen. I am on antidepressant mainly for anxiety, but also because my life is depressing (meet my family). Nothing bad has happened to me. No side effects or suicidal thoughts or anything. It really depends on the person and the med - because everyone is different.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays.

I am a teen. I am on antidepressant mainly for anxiety, but also because my life is depressing (meet my family). Nothing bad has happened to me. No side effects or suicidal thoughts or anything. It really depends on the person and the med - because everyone is different.
Thanks for chiming in and sharing your experience

Can you tell us if you think the medication is helping you deal with your anxiety?

EVERY person is different and you are right, side effects depend on the individual
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Can you tell us if you think the medication is helping you deal with your anxiety?
It's definitely not a cure-all. All it really does is take the "edge" off. The rest is accomplished through therapy. But yeah, overall it's helping.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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It's definitely not a cure-all. All it really does is take the "edge" off. The rest is accomplished through therapy. But yeah, overall it's helping.
Well, good luck with conquering your anxiety G, I know it's no fun to live with! Hopefully you are also trying things like plenty of regular exercise and avoiding caffiene
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