Feb 23, 2004
(Started Dec 23, 2003)
Perceived effectiveness for Depressed mood:
Advice & Tips:
I was forced onto this as a teen. I had been going through a lot of dysfunctional situations in my household, and really what I had needed was someone to talk to and encourage me because I didn't have that. I was stressed and often distant from family, but for legitimate reasons: having my weight/appearance criticized by them, not being able to communicate with schoolmates other than via internet, very strict guidelines of staying at home most of the time, and being told I would never succeed in an art career. The pills made me feel blank and zombified, made my head feel fuzzy and I could no longer sleep at night. Began heavily craving sweets and had a weight increase to 145 pounds which was unacceptable at home. This increased the teasing and only masked the actual problems.
My advice, especially for parents/guardians is to not force someone who's underage onto a drug when they do not want it. It can negatively alter the way the brain forms and create drug dependency, some emotional problems resolve themselves past adolescence, and with behavioral therapy. Forcing someone onto something against their will can even further intensify emotional problems and learned helplessness. Putting that option out there for them is one thing, maybe even suggesting a trial period. Forcing is another thing altogether.