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Teen Depression: Symptoms and Tips for Parents
Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
One in five teens struggles with depression but most parents don't know their child is one of those children. Find out the signs and what to do if your child has symptoms of depression.
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PBTigger responded:
I only have 1 teenager 16 struggling with depressioning has had alot and seen alot of dead in the past 6 years her psychologist did say that she would be a good cadiated for anti depressants. I'm just worried about their effect
Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to PBTigger's response:
How are you worried about their effects? Health wise? Mental wise? Or just the not learning to rely on her own skills to deal with depression? Have you asked what ones would be considered and looked them up?
caringmom26 replied to PBTigger's response:
Just be careful. I have a 16 year old son, and sometimes psychologists hand out medication to these kids like candy. Not all psychologists are that way, but you can tell if the psychologists jumps the gun too quick to offer medication. Too many use it as a quick fix, but it can have bad side affects to your teen or just make their depression worse. Study up the detailed affects of ALL depression medications. Such as: Look at the statistics of how the medication affected other teens around the nation...see if their has been deaths resulting in taking the medication. Check out ALL the side affects of the medication. Have a Medical Doctor do a thorough physical check up of your teen FIRST and ask the medical doctor their opinion if the deppression medication is right for your teen to take.
Boyzmomee replied to caringmom26's response:
Psychologists cannot prescribe medication.
An_221550 replied to Boyzmomee's response:
Hah! Psychologist, psychiatrist. They sound pretty similar, not too difficult to get confused.
Boyzmomee replied to An_221550's response:
They are not similar at all.

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