Zoloft is a popular antidepressant of the SSRI class, and can be a very effective tool to aid in the treatment of clinical depression. I assume that is what you mean by major depressive disorder. In my opinion a 12 year old being on an antidepressant of any kind needs to be monitored very closely, IE: make sure the medicine is taken daily and around the same time, and watch for any extreme mood changes.
I hope that is somewhat helpful, I can't see a clear question in your post.
Hi, c! A doctor would be able to distinguish between a mild, situational depression that might not need medications, and symptoms that could be classified as a clinical or major depression.
One is caused by the passing of a relative, beloved pet, a move to a different school ~ that sort of thing. Major Depressive Disorder is a problem caused by an imbalance in the brain itself.
So, yes, even one severe episode warrants a therapeutic approach that goes beyond simple support or psychotherapy.
Best wishes, WCV
I would get the advice of a mental health specialist. But, a major depressive episode does suggest need of monitored medication and constant monitoring by the mental health professional. Anti depressants can be used in children, but again, constant monitoring by family and doctor is critical. Prozac is one anti depressant that is FDA approved for use in children. You could also get a second opinion, but don't stop meds unless mood worsens and then I'd take my child to the hospital.
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