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I'm 17 and I really believe that the things that are wrong with me are beyond the help of counceling but from what I heard from my mom is that they won't give you any type of medication if you are a teenager. She said that they cause suicidal thoughts. Is this true?
 

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I was on SSRI's when I was 17, yes there is that risk, but in reality they don't cause suicidal thoughts, you just get your energy back before psychological effects start so more people attempt it. If they would really help you, you should definately try them. I am only 18 now and still on them
 

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Do they make low dosage medication.
Sorry i'm not very familiar with all this yet but I wanted to make sure before I did some major convincing of the parental units.
 

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Do they make low dosage medication.
Sorry i'm not very familiar with all this yet but I wanted to make sure before I did some major convincing of the parental units.
They will do it but it really will be at the doctors and your parents descretion. Being that your 17, I'm sure the doctors will go along with it. The parents might be a different story. Might be easier for you to wait till your eighteen.
 

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I was given Zoloft when I was 15 or was it 16? I was on a low dose. I dont think they helped at the time. But everyone experiences it differently.
 

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Many in the medical community think that FDA-required "Black Box" warning is counterproductive. That warning was put in place a number of years ago, but the controversy about anti-depressants potentially causing suicidal ideation goes back at least 20 years already.

Many think that warning has backfired and done more harm than good. After the warning was put in place prescriptions to children & teens feel. But the suicide rate for that age group went up, suggesting that failure to treat depression may lead to more suicides than any SSRI can.

The standard view on how this works seems to be that antidepressants can provide one with energy & motivation more rapidly than they can make depression go away. So a depressed person who was mearly laying in bed all day thinking about death might still be just as depressed during the start of treatment, but the med finally gives them the energy needed to pull of a suicide.

And yes many docs will still give these drugs to minors since they feel the risk of using them is less than the risk of not treating.
 

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im 17 and im taking zoloft... i was taking it before in the past and it helped me tremendously ! but im taking it again now nd i havent really experienced that much of a difference in my anxiety
 
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