Re: Anyone have experience with depressed children?
IF the psychiatrist wants to medicate, please research the medication thoroughly and advocate for your son. Certain common meds have been linked to increased violent and suicidal thoughts in teens and have resulted in death. Be very careful. If a medication suggested seems potentially dangerous, refuse it and ask for an alternative or seek another psychiatrist.
My mother, myself, and my siblings were all diagnosed with various forms of depression. My grandmother was never diagnosed, but she committed suicide at 25, so I believe she was also suffering from depression
My mother had so many suicide attempts, she wore bracelets and watches to hide the scars. She also had internal scars from her mouth to her esophagus because she tried to commit suicide once by drinking Drain-o. She tried medication, but she had other medical issues that required treatment to keep her alive and those medications interacted badly with her other medications, so she decided to do therapy without medication.
My sister was diagnosed and medicated as a teen and it was...difficult. She had night terrors, began sleepwalking, had hallucinations, violent thoughts, suicidal thoughts, and slept about 3-4 hours a night at best. She struggled for years before she recently finally found a doctor that worked with her to get her meds adjusted.
My brother got diagnosed as a teen, as well, but he refused medication and still does. I wish he'd do SOMETHING, because as things stand now he is set to self destruct.
I was diagnosed in my mid-30's.
The first med was the most common prescribed and I had side effects. First, I couldn't feel anything. Life was surreal. I was perfectly calm no matter what. I knew I should be feeling happy or angry or frustrated or that I should want to laugh uncontrollably, but I just couldn't really fee it. After a few days, I also experienced the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. It felt like my stomach was using acid to digest molten rock and glass. I went through labor and delivery without drugs, twice, and refused all pain meds after the c-section w #3 and I can honestly say that this pain was worse.
The second med I was on didn't control the depression very well, but at least I could feel emotion and wasn't in excruciating pain. Unfortunately, I was completely unable to orgasm or even really feel aroused. Sex is very important to me and my husband, so...
The third med I was on caused muscle fatigue and allowed me to become very aroused, but not orgasm.
The last med helped a bit and didn't cause any side effects, but it was discovered that I have a thyroid disorder that was likely the root cause of the depression. Since I have been treated for that, I have been able to stop taking anti-depressant/anti-anxiety meds.
I guess the point of my rambling is that sometimes it's not depression due to a brain issue, meds can have some serious side effects, and you aren't alone. Many people were raised with or currently live with someone who has depression.
Here's hoping it is just teen angst and temporary exhaustion from being an active kid.
Follow the evidence where it leads and question everything.