As my kid has been taking Cymbalta to help with their depression I have noticed an lack of confidence or just overall social anxiety when that was never the case before. I try to understand as much as I can and when it is one on one they are okay with talking but they can not and will not interact with others normally anymore. Do you think this is more a deeper problem, or possibly a negative effect of the diagnosis.
I think a negative effect of the diagnosis is quite plausible. Your child may be terrified that someone will find out and they will become a target. Lets face it, children are rarely known for their kindness toward each other or a potential target. Any show of weakness and they can be merciless.
How long have they been on it? I started taking antidepressants at 15 and sometimes they’d make things worse for a little bit before it got better. They can also increase suicidal thoughts in those under 25. So I think it could be beneficial to encourage an open dialogue about how they’re feeling AND thinking. It’s good that you’re supportive of this, a lot of adolescents don’t have parents who approve of them taking these medications, so you’ve put yourself in a position to be more helpful.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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