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Different people, different antidepressants

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Different people, different antidepressants

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

By Melania Zaharopoulos

The prescription drug market is awash in medications marketed for the treatment of depression with what could be as many as 30 common prescriptions on the market today, said Dr. Shan Crockett, a Santa Cruz psychiatrist who assists with a Hollister-based geriatric mental health program two days per week.

And while a wide variety of options are available, selecting the right prescription for each patient is a balancing act that takes into account symptoms, state of mind and family history before signing off a prescription.

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Different people, different antidepressants
Tuesday, March 29, 2005

By Melania Zaharopoulos

The prescription drug market is awash in medications marketed for the treatment of depression with what could be as many as 30 common prescriptions on the market today, said Dr. Shan Crockett, a Santa Cruz psychiatrist who assists with a Hollister-based geriatric mental health program two days per week.

And while a wide variety of options are available, selecting the right prescription for each patient is a balancing act that takes into account symptoms, state of mind and family history before signing off a prescription.

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I've struggled with depression most of my life, but wasn't truly diagnosed until I was well in my 30's, after having my first child.

Post partum was the original diagnosis. The last medicine I was on was Zoloft, but I went off of it because I was going through a divorce.

That was in 2005. I have been pretty successfully off of meds and doing well until recently. Some of it I think is dealing with the

loss of my little brother in December of 2012 a few days before Christmas. Now my 16 year old son has came to me and ask to

visit our family Doctor. He feels he is depressed, and hadn't bothered me with it until now, because he sees me struggling already

and doesn't want to add to my troubles. He simply can't continue dealing with it alone.

My concerns. of course, are what medicine will be safe for him, if the Doctor chooses to go that route. I remember so many

I tried listed suicide as a possible side effect in teens and young adults. I'm scared for him, and really worried it is in fact my

depression and inability to deal with it currently that is causing him to feel he is suffering from it.

Are these worries justified?

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I've struggled with depression most of my life, but wasn't truly diagnosed until I was well in my 30's, after having my first child.

Post partum was the original diagnosis. The last medicine I was on was Zoloft, but I went off of it because I was going through a divorce.

That was in 2005. I have been pretty successfully off of meds and doing well until recently. Some of it I think is dealing with the

loss of my little brother in December of 2012 a few days before Christmas. Now my 16 year old son has came to me and ask to

visit our family Doctor. He feels he is depressed, and hadn't bothered me with it until now, because he sees me struggling already

and doesn't want to add to my troubles. He simply can't continue dealing with it alone.

My concerns. of course, are what medicine will be safe for him, if the Doctor chooses to go that route. I remember so many

I tried listed suicide as a possible side effect in teens and young adults. I'm scared for him, and really worried it is in fact my

depression and inability to deal with it currently that is causing him to feel he is suffering from it.

Are these worries justified?

I don't know much about teen issues, but I wanted to recommend you might get a referral from your GP to see a mental health professional, like a psychologist or psychiatrist. My psychiatrist has had additional training and remains aware of current developments in mental health, and spends a lot more time diagnosing. I'd be concerned a GP would simply suggest medication, or not, after 5 or 10 minutes and then wait a few months to see what happened. Good luck to you.

P.S. I've had mildly psychotic reactions to two mainstream SSRIs, one of which had a profound effect on suicide ideation. I think it's something to remain aware of whether teen or adult.

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