I am 14 years old and just started taking Zoloft from the loss of both of my parents and was prescribed with severe depression and I was wondering if I should be concerned at all...
First, I am so... sorry for your loss. I just wish that I could give you a big hug.
You have every right to greve your loss.
Zoloft is commonly used on kids of your age, and I want to ease your mind about this. As time goes on you I am sure will be able to get off of this drug.
I am surely proud of you to have stepped up to the plate to ask questions about what you are putting in your body. One thing I want you to remember, that you are always responsible for you. Always learn a little about alot, as knowledge is the key to success.
Your parents would be proud.
If you need me I will make you as a friend so you can contact me from this board. Keep in contact.
hi klakly, yes its ok that you took both of them. you will be alright. but next time call a pharmacy and ask befor you take something your not sure of.even if its not your regular pharmacy. they don't mind answering questions for people. i have to tell you i was saddened at your news of your loss. my name is subzero58 if you ever need to talk just text me on drugs.com and i will get back to you asap. im gona add you as a friend so if there is anything i can do let me know... peter
im really sorry to hear about your parents,but you will be fine on zoloft at your age i was taking it at age 15 for my parents divorcing,,and if you are not, you need a therapist just medication is not going to help..i know death and a divorce i know death is more than the trauma of divorce.but i did not participate with the therapist i just held everything in and i started to self medicate with drugs,its been 11 years addicted to pain killers and i believe thats how i dealt with the pain.im just telling you this to make you understand how important it is to tell someone how you are feeling,im not trying to say you will go to drugs but if you dont deal with it by talking you could head the drug way.anyway hang in there and keep me updated oin how you are doing. and you will be in my prayers
Hi Kaykla, I feel for you! I'm 28 and lost my mom five years ago, and I still grieve. I can only imagine how crushing it would be to lose both parents, while still so young! I am so sorry for the pain you must be feeling, even tho I'm just a stranger. As for your question, SO GOOD that you think for yourself and care about what you put into your body! It's so much easier to just trust whatever a doctor says is good for you, especially when dealing with depression. My personal opinion (and no, I'm no health professional) is that yes, you should be concerned about taking a drug like Zoloft at 14. Anything that chemically alters your brain is more likely to affect you in a long term sense when you are still at an age where you're not done growing. If you feel that prescription help is the only way you can get through each day, then definitely continue this, if you notice that it helps you.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a crutch if you're feeling overwhelmed on your own. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, spend time doing your own personal research on the drug, and on antidepressants in general. Plenty of people have positive results using them. There are also plenty who do not have positive results, and experts on the other end of the spectrum (natural medicine vs. pharmaceutical) are claiming that antidepressants do not do what they are supposed to, and may even be more harmful than beneficial. I don't personally have any experience taking an antidepressant, but I know people who have and one who still does. Once again, I have heard good results AND bad ones. There is one VERY important factor for you to consider: my friends who benefited from taking antidepressants had an actual chemical imbalance to begin with, and these drugs were able to balance them out so that they finally felt normal. They had depression as a disorder; not as a real, normal, human response to a major life-changing event, as you do. Do you wish to separate yourself from experiencing grief and pain? Do you believe that you will not be able to process these extremely difficult emotions? Are you afraid you will miss out on life if you allow yourself to freak out and lose it for a while? Those are the first questions you should ask yourself, and whatever you decide, that is YOUR choice! If you have concerns about taking a drug like zoloft, then give yourself a chance to let time heal you. Seek out people who can be supportive, and try not to keep anything bottled up for anyone else's sake. Life is crazy and ridiculously unfair, but sometimes it's worth it to trust your ability to cope and get through it. Sometimes it's worth it to allow yourself to feel that pain, and rage, and fear... no matter how hard it is... because it DOES get a little easier, bit by bit, and if you are willing to take the time for yourself to deal in a way that is healing for you, chances are pretty good that you will be glad you did. My name for this site is sunshine31 because my mom called me her sunshine. That's one of the teeny ways I continue to cherish her memory, and every chance I get, when something reminds me of her silliness or one of the amazing things she did that showed me how much she loved me, I make sure and say it out loud to whoever I'm with!! Over time I learned how to be happy when I think of our time together, instead of sad that she's not here. And, I still cry when I want to. I sincerely wish you the very best, and hopefully my LONG answer doesn't seem offensive to you!! Much love and sunny days to you :)
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