posted on Feb, 16 2008 @ 03:21 PM
My son just got prescribed an anti-depressant (clouxetine, me thinks). He is 15.
I took him to a doctor, was at my wits end as he was unresponsive, lethargic, not sleeping, anxious and not inspired by anything.
He was doing very well in school but one morning decided he did not want to be there anymore.
I got him immediately into a better (smaller) school and thought the drugs and change of environment would be a wonder cure.
Well I filled the prescription, gave him one pill that morning then read about the drug on the internet. Well by noon that day, I had decided to not
give him anymore!
My son was not suicidal, but the prospect of him becoming that way while on the drug was not a risk I am willing to take.
I chose instead to monitor him very closely, support him as I would a very young child, spend more time with him, change his eating habits to include
better nutrition. I believe that changing too many things for him at one time would not clearly indicate which change actually helped, if there were
to be positive change.
I must say in the 3 weeks since the initial crisis, his demeanour has changed dramatically:
He is engaging and engaged in conversations, animated, humorous, inspired and communicative. He is also sleeping at night.
All this because I chose to put aside my selfishness and care for, pay closer attention to my sons distress and angst.
I was quite concerned by the doctor's eagerness to prescribe an SSRI. My immediate thought was he is receiving kickbacks from the drug company. I
can't confirm this, but just a hunch I feel, as he made me change my usual pharmacy to fit his, also.