Anti-Depressant Drugs To Contain Suicide Risk Warnings When Prescribed To Kids

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    thought this was pretty important... they just had a HUGE briefing over this on base with damn near everybody with a family attending. if your kids are taking anti-depressant drugs, there now is a warning citing an increased suicide risk.

     
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    Nato - saw a report on this not too long ago and read this earlier myself. I do know people on some of these and wondered. My Son also was diagnosed with ADHD and one Doctor mentioned Zoloft. He was put on Adderall, which I see isn't on the list. He isn't taking it now, even though he should be, and probably will be again soon, but I wonder reading some of this, if that will be next to be on the list. Any of those that do have kids on any of these, think about it, Adderall and Strattera are what most Doctors are giving out and swearing by for both kids and adults. Strattera is for both anxiety and depression, but has been found to do wonders for kids with ADHD.
     
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    that's interesting. i just pray no more of these kids commits suicide, for a parent that has to be the worst possible nightmare.
     
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    I hear that - when this ad ran once before about Paxil, a Mother of a child who took her own life also pleaded with everyone to think twice about putting their children on this stuff. Who would have thought that medicine to help depression could only intenisfy it and make you want to die? it's really sad.
     
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    I'm still a little leary of the science behind this. If the person is already depressed and suicidal whats to say that the medication simply didn't work at all. Too many parents rely only on the meds and don't follow the recommendation to get counseling TOO.
     
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    there is merit in that statement...

    janeen, that is a terrible irony.. it just doesn't make sense that the meds could do such harm...
     
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    Dillo - you hit the nail on the head with you last sentence, FOLLOWING UP WITH COUNSELING!!! Yes, too many doctors today throw medicine at a kid - but, in my Son's case, and I know my Family would back it up...Unfortanately, the child has been through a lot growing up, and never seemed to get the attention and love he needed from his Father, always trying to fight for his love, he became angry, and couldn't concentrate in school, and was hyper. The Doctor didn't want to just put him on medicine till he was fully studied. He did finally put him on Adderall. At the time he started it, within hours, he was a new kid, helping me clean, nice to his Sister, but most of all, took his time with schooling. His writing was much neater and paid more attention in school. The Doctor said, most importantly, he needed counseling to bring out whatever else was going on in him. I tried that, and he wouldn't do it. It was tough. I also found after a while that my Son was hiding his medicine. Well, long story short, his Father no longer resides with us, making that easier on him, but still struggling to fit in his life, a Father who's needs come first before his Children. My Son now needs to go back to the doctors and begin the medication again, but now, he will also need the counseling more so now then before. It's tough, but I also realize now, that if I don't help my Son soon, not doing this will only become a sadness in itself in the end. At 9, he has talked about how he would rather be dead, and to hear a child at 9 say this, you know HELP is needed.

    I don't believe medicine should be a permanent solution, but rather the counseling and the nurturing of my Son, giving him love, and the attention he seeks is what will turn him around. A long tough road, but in the end, will truly be worth getting back the Son I once had.
     
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    i really hope you succeed with him janeen.
     
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    I used to have a link to a report that showed Drug companies have know about
    these effects for sometime, but withheld the information, especially from Docs.

    IMO..we medicate way too many kids these days. Especially the ones with supposed ADD.
     
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    It's tough as hell to see your own kid in distress but it sounds like your doing all the right things! You may not see the son you once had but you may be surprised to see a new and improved version. Honest love and not pity is still the strongest medicine but that doesn't make it wrong to get support from any source available. I bet you 2 beat this thing !
     

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