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
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?
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.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.