24-04-2018 07:16 AM
Hi, I’m new here. I wanted to talk about my daughters issues if I may. She’s 11 yo. Her paed has her on an antidepressant for her depression and another medication for her ADHD. Anxiety is treated by both I think. She is having substantially increased thought of death and suicide, self harm. Worsening depression and anxiety, panic attacks and impulsivity. I’m thinking I should take her off meds altogether and start again from scratch. I’m sure she has ADHD and anxiety. But these in themselves can result in low self esteem and therefore depression. We’ve only tried the 1 antidepressant for her depression. Which after a little surfing, I have discovered interacts negatively with her ADHD medication. But she has been on 2 other ADHD medications. The next ADHD medication costs $300 a month and I can’t afford to go there. Please help me make a decision on my course of action.
24-04-2018 08:34 PM
Hi @Faith13 and welcome to the forums. So sorry to hear about your daughter. I find that a mother's instinct is the best guide (I am talking from my own experience) when deciding upon what works and doesnt work for their child. What does her paediatrician think? You really want to have this sorted before she hits puberty when other hormonal issues take hold which will just add to her problems.
Personally, speaking for myself here if I was happy with her doc I would follow what he/she said whilst bringing up all my concerns ... if I had any doubts I would start looking around but I definately would not just take my child of medications without guidance from a professional. Wishing you luck. green pea
01-05-2018 03:42 PM
Hi @Faith13 and welcome to the forums.
Thank you for sharing your experience. How scary to see your daughter's symptoms actually worsen with medication! Unfortunately a common side effect of antidepressants, particularly in children, is an increase in suicidal thinking. How long has she been on her medication? Often there is an adjustment period of a few weeks before side effects settle down. Having said that, I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with her paediatrician and as @greenpea has said, share your concerns with them. Sometimes it may take trying a few different medications before you find one that works well.
Best of luck and let us know how you go
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