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Anti depreassants for 5 year old

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Sep 7 2010, 11:09
  • Anthony Newbie

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    My friend's 5 year old son has been diagnosed with some kind of behavioral problem. His doctor has put him on a mild form of anti depressants.

    Now, my two-cents say that anti-depressants have a lot of side effects in adults and in no way can be beneficial for a kid. What do you think? Am I missing something here?
  • rose Contributor

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    Sep 14 2010, 20:14
    I do think psychotropic medications seem to be over presc ribed in children. Most behavioral problems respond well to token economy, a system where good behavior is reinforced and bad behavior comes with withdrawal of privileges. Consistency is hugely important however!
  • Runamuck Contributor

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    Sep 14 2010, 23:25
    I agree with Rose. I also think in a case like this it might be wise to get a second opinion - it certainly couldn't hurt.
  • Dr S Rawat Helpful Friend

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    Sep 16 2010, 05:48
    Please be careful with judging the efficacy of anti-depresants without having relevant information such as environmental context, personality of patient and time restraints that may require immediate effect due to danger to oneself and/or others. In children, the ability for the parent/caregiver to manage the situation also needs to be assessed, the availability of resources that facilitate the use of other less intrusive treatments and the capacity for the parent/caregiver to follow through need to be carefully assessed. That being said, anti-depressants in children as young as 5yrs need to be tempered with valid and substancial motivation. In many instances, psychotherapy is not even considered, let alone recommended and so parents and care-givers need to be aware of this option in the treatment of even severe disorder in children.
    • jack morrison ADMINISTRATOR

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      Sep 17 2010, 14:19
      Very valid points raised. In an ideal world holistic interventions would be avilable to all. However often financial, geographical and emotional contraints prevent this from happening. Information is power and fortunately today technology allows us to access support and knowledge online.
  • consider Helpful Friend

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    May 16 2018, 00:51
    They should not be giving a child anti depressants. They should be Counseling the child to behave properly with the use of drugs. This is how people become drug addicts. It is very likely the child has to fast until the child’s behavior stays improved and become proper behavior and or you have to have the child learn the proper behavior. They are trying to make child become too reliant on substances to behave. Oh my god this has to stop. Children are being given prescription anti depressants for something that wisdom can teach and correct the child’s behavior with fasting (no food and water for 40days and nights). The child would need the Holy Spirit to substain the child so that the child don’t need earthly food and fluid. Not enough children learn the importance about fasting to resist sin and have authority and being clean by the Holy Spirit of truth. Read the Bible and discuss the stories together.
    • consider Helpful Friend

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      May 16 2018, 00:56
      I made a mistake I meant without the anti depressants. I am so sorry for my mistake.
  • consider Helpful Friend

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    May 16 2018, 00:54
    The child needs discipline on how he should behave. Sometimes children misbehave because of indulges of food and fluid where they need to stop consumption until wisdom puts you (them) back to or to the proper times to eat and drink. He has to learn moral lessons about resisting sins and being righteous.

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