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Created On 11/27/13 6:24 AM
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How do I know when a child (11) needs medication for depression? In the past he's been on depression meds (zoloft) but it was mainly due to bullying. He isn't being bullied anymore (new school with kinder kids) but recently over the past several months had become very negative. I suggested to him maybe seeing a therapist or taking meds but he is resistant. (I'm not entirely sure why. I think he believes it is under control.) I just see an unhappy kid coming home from school daily. It's the usual thing of kids getting on his nerves but no targeted bullying from anyone. He seems down in the dumps, but nothing beyond that. His teachers have not noticed this side of him in school. Not sure what to do since he is resistant to medication again.


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Would he go to therapy now? How about a "mentor?" What was his response to Zoloft in the past? Would he be open to taking a natural supplement? Does he have hobbies, activities that could be expanded? Let me know.

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I don't know if he'd go to therapy now. I guess he's 11 and I could force it but I can't force him to talk. I don't think a mentor would be of much use and I don't know where I'd find one. He has a male teacher who is a great role model and he theoretically could talk with but wouldn't. In the past Zoloft worked; however, ultimately what helped him was switching schools away from a bully who was targeting him. (He still spent a year without Zoloft and with the bully so I guess he successfully got off of it. I think he would see a natural supplement the same as a prescription...another pill or whatever he takes that he feels artificially elevates his mood. (Whether that is true or not is a different story.) He does not have after school activites because his school is an hour away and he's tired when he comes home. Even if he wasn't tired, I have severe sleep issues that make night activities impossible. No Sunday activities I know about in this area so I don't know what I could do there.


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If no other options and he is in distress, Zoloft comes in a liquid which could be added to a drink. Let me know.

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Isn't that kind of nasty to sneak him medication without him knowing???


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He could be aware of it but may not mind as much as it is not "the pill."

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