I have been told that it doesn't do well with adolescents. My daughter suffers from Obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, severe anxiety with severe panic attacks. Now she is afraid to go to school because of the panic attacks she has there.
25 Feb 2011
I'm not a doctor, but I do take Klonopin myself, and it works great. The thing is that these sorts of meds affect everyone differently... and that's for adults. When a kid, someone who's brain isn't completely wired and finished growing can be affected in a very different manner. For example, often benzos will have a stimulating effect on the young where as stimulants will have a sedating effect. Once again, I'm not a doctor, and I'd just make an appointment asap. I don't know how a 15 year old would react... as a kid, or as an adult... Therapy is often the number one choice as it's very effective for anxiety and depression, and would actually recommend it for anyone at any age. As a 34 year old adult, I am now decreasing my Klonopin from 3mg down to now 2.5mg, and hopefully will get it down to 1 or 2mg. My antidepressant dose has also decreased.
Benzos are not easy things to decrease and or stop when taken on a regular basis, in fact, this is the first time that I've ever been able to decrease my dose from 3mg without going into severe withdrawal. Something to think about, once you start, it's extremely hard to stop. Once again, talk to your doctor. Now, if your doc thinks that Klonopin can be of help, then go for it! Klonopin saved my marriage, and has also saved me from a very painful illness (anxiety) and even though it has a dark side, it also is a life saver. Good luck, and hope that everything works out for the best!
14 Jan 2013
This question is exactly what I suffered from even down to the part of being so scared of having a panic attack that I didn't want to go back to school That was 20 years ago and when I was first prescribed Klonopin I will say for me physically it definitely helped maybe
even cured my panic attacks ..for that moment! because physically it slows down your heart rate and gives you almost a calm feeling. However I
strongly agree the negative outweighs the positive as it does with all benzo diazepams.
Have you tried or looked up any
cognitive ways to deal with the anxiety??? Try cdcbt.com It means centers for DIALECTICAL AND
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
These methods of therapy address several! Psychological issues/diseases.. Such as all those you stated your daughter suffers from!
I personally think this Type of therapy is truly amazing and Honestly life-changing!! I hope that I was able to help answer your question...
“Fearing what ‘could’ be will only rob you of what ‘is’. Embrace today and accept tomorrow. Keep your faith, don’t lose hope"
9 Feb 2012
I am a 33 year old and I was put on Klonopin. I was diagnosed as being Bipolar, but come to find out I just have depression, anxiety, ocd, and panic attacks. The klonopin did nothing for me. Now I am on xanax a sleeping pill so that I can sleep more than 2 1/2 hours a night and a depression med that they are all helping me wonderfully. All the other doctors that I have seen said I was bipolar and gave me a fist full of pills that never seem to help. But the doctor that I am seeing now said I didn't need all that and just gave me what he thought I needed to help my situation and I tell you he has helped me. You would not believe how many psychiatrist I have been to just to find the right one to help me. Don't ever go with one's opinion. If you have to take your daughter to 3 different ones then do it. Klonopin is a heavy drug and if she is not comfortable on it then go get another opinion.
It may not be the right drug for her. I'm an adult and it wasn't for me. Hope this helped. And good luck. I know it can be frustrating but your time and effort to find what is right for her will be well worth it in the end.
25 Feb 2011
Hey frustrated mom,
While there have been no clinical studies for panic disorder done with persons younger than 18, klonopin is safely used for pediatric patients who suffer from seizure disorder.
Has she been prescribed klonopin? Is she under the care of a psychiatrist? My only concern with a young person who suffers from anxiety and depression is whether they would take the medicine as prescribed. I recommend you monitor her meds carefully.
If she isn't already, please get your daughter into counseling for her problems. She is young and needs to get these issues under control.
There are many medications that may help, but your doctor is the best to advise.
Take care and I wish the best for your daughter,
- Klonopin Information for Consumers
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