... Although we're unsure if this is the right diagnosis for him, this medication along with Lithium CarbonateER it seems to have provided some relief from his symptoms of extreme anxiety. I'm very concerned about the side effects of this medication to a person under 18 years of age
loriette; Yes I can see your concern. But many children your son's age are on this medication because the sooner they get started the better it could be for you son in the long run. and I am sure that the doctor has said to keep these out of reach of your son. And also look for signs of increase anxiety or depression which can be common in children. The main thing doesn't miss any appointments for your son. And you can see some relief with your son already which is great. Sadly this is a very common problem with children. And we have to give them all the support we can. It is far much worse damage in my mind to be in school and has all the kids making fun of him etc. I have been there. These are very common medication your son is on for his problems and being that they are working I believe the doctor is on the right course. I know you don't want to hear this but it is always better to be safe than sorry. In the mean time as I said get a lock box to keep any medications in I use one of the fireproof safes that you can hide they come in all sizes and this way there is no way he or anyone else can get into it without you giving them the key. Yours are doing just fine the best thing you can do is ride this out for a while and see how your son does. And use the doctor as a source for you and also other outside sources. Also please feel free to post here anytime there are a lot of very good people that are more than willing to try and point you in the right direction. so please keep the chin up. By the way, it does help to write down different things that you would like to ask the doctor when you are back to see the doctor. good luck to you guys.
Those are some pretty powerful meds, but very good ones too. Antipsychotics are safer than SSRIs for adolescents because they don't cause suicidal ideation.
Remember there are going to be side effects! Symptom reduction is key though. There's theory that suggests that adolescents and children who are treated and kept from exhibiting symptoms may actually grow out of them. If they aren't treated, their symptoms will continue into adulthood. This isn't accepted as fact, but it's a newer school of thought you might ask your doc about.
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