Anti depressives and young kids

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Anti depressives and young kids
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 7:07pm
Does anyone have or has had a young child on antidepressives? Alex's play therapist recommended we get him check out by a child psychiatrist thinking he temporarily needs something for depression and anxiety. Everywhere I called that specialized in kids has a 4-6 week wait but there is a lady at church that is a child psychartist who offered to get him in this week ( going Thursday). He's obviously dealing with more right now than anyone should especially a 7 year old child.
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 7:36pm
If his therapist thinks it's a good idea, and you have someone so close willing to see him right away, you should do it. Be sure to research anything they prescribe for him. Antidepressants can work in weird ways in children, and you'll have to be vigilant. But you already are, so I'm not at all concerned about that. And the lady from church is so close to you, in your life, that you'll see her a minimum of once a week at church, plus whatever other times you might see her both in church or professionally. She'll have the opportunity to observe him without him (or even you) realizing he's being observed. She'll be able to make changes much faster/better that way.

It is scary to put kids on meds. Know that you probably won't see any difference for several weeks (at least 2, but probably more). It's so tough to see your child going thru this, while you are struggling with the same issues. I'm so sorry your whole family (and community!) has to go thru this. It's unimaginable.
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 8:01pm
Oh hes defiantly going and if she says he needs meds he's going on meds. I already had hubby take off that morning since because of Alex's age there will be points they dint want Alex in the room while talking about him. His teacher told me there had been a few times where he getsthis glazed look and just stares into space. At home he's having concentration issues lots of I don't care when you talk to him, he gets mad and upset easily ( so not like him) he seems to feel guilty if he does something fun especially something Lily would normally do with him ie today he was on the deck launching cupsof water at the dog laughing and having a good time once he came back in within minutes he was upset about Lily.
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Tue, 04-05-2011 - 3:32pm
the poor kid, I can't imagine the struggles he's having. Makes sense that he feels guilty doing stuff that Lily loved. Also makes sense that he's angry easily. I would expect it to get worse when Grace comes, too. He's gonna worry that the same thing might happen to her, too. the whole thing is so overwhelming as an adult, I can't imagine as a child.

Anyway, what I do know about kids and antidepressants is that they can have odd effects. Like rather than just relieve the sadness component, it might not do that (or it might) but cause hyperactivity, worsen the depression, other unexpected stuff. Of course, the doc will go thru all that with you. I know a little about drugs in general, they know a lot about drugs specifically, especially the ones they prescribe the most often.
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Thu, 04-07-2011 - 3:47pm
So very sorry Chelle. No advice, but just wanted you to know that you and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad that Alex is able to see someone to help him work through his feelings.
How are you doing?
Hugs and prayers,
Kathy
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Fri, 04-08-2011 - 8:08am
Kathy
I'm ermm doing I guess between dealing with the problems they thought Grace had ( still high risk so lots of OB appointments) add in play theraphy for Alex plus all the school stuff which has become a fight with him ( since Lily passed) add in tge child psychiatrist he went yesterday diagnosed with generalized mood disorder coupled with adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct, he's starting a mood stabilizer to help him deal with everything while continuing play theraphy so I'm busy non stop .
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Fri, 04-08-2011 - 1:08pm
oh Chelle, I guess busy is good sometimes, less time to think. I hope the therapy and medication help little Alex. He is having to deal with more than any child should have to deal with, and I am so sorry. Please take care of yourself too and know that many of us on the board are thinking of you and praying for you.
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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 11:41am
I would echo what a pp said...the depression meds can do a lot of an odd things in children that young, and some can even aggrevate the symptoms or cause agression...just watch carefully. I'm a behavioral teacher and I've seen a lot of bad side effects with any of the pyschotropic meds. So sorry for your loss and I've been remembering you all in my prayers still.