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Re: Depressed 16-yr-old. Help?

Posted by Nella on October 6, 2008, at 13:36:30

In reply to Re: Depressed 16-yr-old. Help?, posted by sam K on October 6, 2008, at 12:19:51

> i'm 17 years old and anti depressants tend to make me think of suicide. (I dont know why) They work pretty well though. When I took Prozac, I swear, it cured depression. It was like a dream come true, but my anxiety was exaberate to an extreme level where I had pretty bad agorophobia, social anxiety, etc. Any anxietes or phobias I had got worse. So it was pretty imbalanced. But I may soon try it again in a combo with Lithium (sounds scary) and Lamictal. I do real well on Lamictal!! My depression is much better! There are side effects like cognitive stuff, but it doesn't bother me that much. Mostly short term memory! My parents always blamed it on hormones, but I think that it has little to do with it. Maybe some. But I have no idea for a girl.
> haha, My mom gets reaaaaaal bad if she doesnt do her hormone thing!
> SSris are pretty overwhelming for teenagers Id think. My advice may be sorta crappy today because Im a little down! but hey I do my best. I hate anti pshycotics! I wouldnt put her on one of those. But alot of people respond good to them dont get me wrong. I wouldnt go into natural things either.. Some people say sam-e is good though. I hope she gets better it sucks being my age and being depressed........

Yes, it sucks and I'm sincerely sorry you're going through it too. Substantial research links suicidal thoughts to teen SSRI use, so yeah it's a scary option.

I'm glad your depression is better, and I hope today starts looking up. For what it's worth, I was horribly depressed as a teen and it HAS gotten better. I was thinking about SAM-E and also Deplin, which I read about here. I dunno: guess it's always a crap shoot. But I am glad you're finding meds that help you.




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