I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and so does my mother. I would rather give her something natural rather then prescription drugs, I hear that they can make teens more suicidal. She is currently seeing a therapist who is suggesting prescription drugs.
I can understand your worry about your daughter and how young she is.But she is attending therapy and that is a great thing,the therapist would not suggest prescription drugs if he/she thought there was any danger in doing so.
Although i know side affects of some anti depressants list suicidal thoughts for people under the age of 25,especially in teenagers but i think once your daughter is closely monitored and reviewed regularly and also she stays attending therapy she will be ok.It could be the best thing for her at the moment.
Take care,post anytime you have any concerns or worries,this site is very helpful. Discuss your worries about the meds with the therapist or your own doc,see what advice they can give you.Hope this helps a little
if things get to where she is really having a tough time the thing you have going for you at least she is seeing someone and if she should have problems with any of the medications then the therapist should be aware of this especially if he is suggesting prescription medications. whatever choice you decide to make maybe you also could discuss your concerns about the medication with the therapist he might be able to put your mind at ease.
Hi,sorry to hear that your child is going though depression. It is bad on adults but worse on children. Keep taking to her. Try to find out what is wrong, I have a daughter and sometimes you really have to dig. I would also get a second and third opinion and then go from there. My mother and my grandmother and me have had a lot of depression issues. The medications out there are good but , I would rather find out what is really going on in your childs life before putting her on medication. I really do feel for you and I wish you and your child the best. Some doctors find it is easy just to put a person on medications rather then working on finding out what is the root the persons problems, that they feel so about themselfs. At 15 she should be enjoying her life. I am in therapy and it is working for me. It was very hard for me to open up about things that hurt me in the past, but I did and now I am weening off the medication.
I am on effexor and I was up to 225mg a day and now I am down to 37.5. I can even leave my house now. Don't get me wrong I still get panic attacks and I do get depressed but my doctor is showing me how to get past the hurt and bad thoughts. When I get really bad I have to take a xanax but not as much as before. Find her a good therapist, one that she can trust. Trust is a very important thing and you have to be with someone who will listen and give you advice. My doctor has helped me a lot. I have had bad ones in the past so I kept looking and I found her and she is great. Please let me know how things work out. Good luck to you. As a parent my prayers are with you.It is very hard for children today and it has a lot to do with all the things that are going on in the world and at school. Keep talking to her and let her know that you will always be there for her. I hope she can come through this without going on medication, but if she needs to please see what an other doctor says first. Take care
I honestly believe that some illnesses are hereditary or there is a hereditary factor to them. My father was bipolar, as am I. I also truly believe depression/bipolar etc.,etc. is a chemical imbalance in the brain/body. Medication can be very beneficial if monitored by medical doctor in conjunction with "talk" therapy. I am very sorry to hear your daughter is suffering from depression. She could be predisposed to this condition due to her genetic makeup. If a therapist is recommending some medications, it may be a good idea to seriously consider them. I wish you all the best.
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