My 8 yr old was just diagnosed with OCD and prescribed Celexa. I am trying not to freak out. Does anyone have any experience with OCD in children and/or has anyone had this drug prescribed for their child? Thanks so much!
Apparently, it's one of the ssri's that's ok for kids to take. However, therapy is another highly effective route that will actually fix the disorder vs. mask the problem. On top of that, kids can have much stronger reactions to these sorts of drugs, making them not ideal at all. Stopping can be harder for them as well. If you haven't tried therapy, I'd personally strongly suggest to try it first before going the mediation route.
This is just my opinion, and ultimately it is your choice. I guess that it all depends on how severe the condition is, how disruptive it is for your child, and what the benefit vs. risk ratio is. Regardless, with or without medication, at that age, I'd still strongly suggest therapy if you can afford it. I hope that this is of some help to you,
I agree with jk. Therapy is the optimal solution whenever possible because with medications, it may take a while to find the right dosage for your child and sometimes, it takes several tries in order to even find the right medication. Hope this helps and just wanted to commend you for NOT "freaking out"; it's always good to see parents trying to make informed decisions rather than just following suggestions blindly. Good luck to you and your son!
- Celexa Information for Consumers
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