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    Teen Depression
    flippy012 posted:
    Hi I am a sixteen year old teenage girl and was recently diagnosed with moderate depression. Now I have been talking to my doctor and parents but I'm not due to see her for a couple of weeks so I thought I would ask on here!

    Before they gave me the medicine I would be really happy one second and then randomly i would get really sad or angry, but I wouldn't/don't go in to any manic fits or anything and now that I'm on my depression meds i still have these issues. Once i spend like 20 minutes alone i feel better but i thought the medicine was supposed to help me out with this. My doctor said these mood swings (along with other things) were related to my depression so i was wondering why they haven't gone away yet? Is my dosage to low or have not been on my meds long enough? (It's been like a week or so)
    Demons2011 responded:
    Flippy012 - most meds take 2-4 weeks to take full effect. By the way sorry to see you here. But all are welcome.
    flippy012 replied to Demons2011's response:
    Okay thanks for clearing that up for me...i don;t really know how all of this works. I apperciate the welcome(:
    An_245265 responded:
    Hello. I am a little bit older than you. Wanted to let you know to make you feel more comforable here. Welcome! I agree with Demons, it takes 2-4 (maybe even six weeks for some) for the medication to work. I think it's good that you are here.

    It's tough, but hang in there. Hope that you feel better soon.
    alaska_mommy responded:
    I agree, hang in there! Sometimes you feel the worst when you start the medication because you're so anxious for it to kick in and make you feel better, but it hasn't yet, and so you feel MORE depressed and/or anxious because you're wondering what's wrong. So just know that sometimes it does get worse before it gets better, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Keep your chin up and give it a few more weeks. Hopefully by then you will start to see some positive results.
    Thomas L Schwartz, MD responded:
    Hi- the other folks are right to wait out a few more weeks on the med to see if things even out. Outside of the med do you have a therapist you see weekly? This is best advice as they would see you in these swings eventually and could better tell if they are depressed, anxious, manic, normal, or a side effect.
    If the up/manic swings get worse with the med, let the doc know ASAP!

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