For depression and anxiety .I'm so scared to give it to her.yes I want her to feel better.but I'm not sure if this is right for her. Please I need help.so I'm able to help my daughter.
15 is very young to be on antidepressants. My 15 yr old daughter was prescribed prozac at 15 (she's now 30) They didn't help, they were prescribed by a doctor. She only received the help she needed when referred to a psychiatrist. In Scotland where we are you have to be referred to a children's and adolescent specialist psychiatrist now, doctors cannot prescribe. Did your daughter see a specialist or just a GP? I believe seeing a specialist for mental problems is very important especially at this age as misdiagnosis happens. My daughter, after years of misdiagnosis got the right diagnosis of schizophrenia and is well managed with the right medication. If you have seen a psychiatrist I would be more likely to trust their decision but purely from my past experiences of GP prescribing I would insist on being referred to a psychiatrist.
Has cognitive behaviour therapy been mentioned or some kind of talking therapy like psychotherapy? Adolescents go through so much at that age and medication isn't always the answer. I'm not a doctor just a mum like you and I don't know your daughter's circumstances but medication on an undeveloped brain worries me and if I could turn back time I wouldn't have put my 15 yr old on medication without a lot more talking therapy and investigation. I also have a 20 yr old autistic son and apart from melatonin for sleep have resisted medication for his extreme social anxiety, although a different disorder, through talking he has learned how to live and cope with bouts of depression and anxiety without meds. It's your and your daughters decision and medication can help
but in my opinion only as a last resort in adolescents as their moods are linked to their hormones and they are difficult to diagnose as I discovered with my daughter . I can only talk from my own experience and I wish you and your daughter all the best. Nobby
i agree... 15 is so young... Some people do have positive results from meds but in my experience with 3 different kinds of anxiety meds... none of them helped much and i couldn't handle the side effects and withdrawls, even the minor ones were a major annoyance. Maybe counseling would be best? Good Luck on whatever you decide!
Remember that although you hear many negative comments on psychotropic drugs millions of people are benefiting from them every day, even adolescents, to live a normal, happy life. I would take the advice of a qualified adolescent psychiatrist ~ they've trained and studied for years to do what they do.
PS, I mean a psychiatrist who treats adolescents not a teenaged psychiatrist. :-)
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