Teen years are difficult -- for both the teens and their families. Add depression to the situation, and it can be especially difficult to know where to turn, and what to do. Just as there are misconceptions about depression and adults, there are misconceptions about teens and depression. Some basics about depression and teens are in order. It can be particularly difficult to differentiate between depression and typical teen behavior because that "typical" teen behavior is usually already marked by ups and downs in moods. A teenager can go from "Life rocks!" to "Life sucks!" in a period of hours. Their hormones are raging, and a pimple or a perceived snub by a classmate can send them into hysterics, brooding, or hibernation. Signs of depression in teens: There are signs of a serious depressive episode that are more or less classic: persistent depressed mood faltering school performance failing relations with family and friends substance abuse
Generic Name: FLUOXETINE - ORAL Pronounced: (floo-OX-e-teen) Prozac Oral Uses
Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, panic attacks,
obsessive compulsive disorder, a certain eating disorder (bulimia), and a
severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric
This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite,
and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. It may
decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks. It
may also reduce the urge to perform repeated tasks (compulsions such as
hand-washing, counting, and checking) that interfere with daily living.
Fluoxetine may lessen premenstrual symptoms such as irritability, increased
appetite, and depression. It may decrease bingeing and purging behaviors in
How To Use Prozac Oral
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist
before you start using fluoxetine and each time you get a refill. If yo...
Alternative Names Depression - adolescents; Teenage depression Treatment Treatment options for adolescents with depression include: Supportive care from a medical provider Talk therapy Antidepressant medications (possibly) Treatment should be tailored to the teenager, and the symptoms. Families often help in treating adolescent depression. MEDICATION The first medication tried is usually a type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Fluoxetine (Prozac) and escitalopram (Lexapro) are the only SSRIs approved for treating major depression in adolescents (ages 12 - 17). Fluoxetine is also approved for children age 8 and older. NOTE: SSRIs and other antidepressants carry a warning that they may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in children and adolescents. Other evidence has not showed that these drugs increase suicide risk in children. Doctors are still prescribing SSRIs and other antidepressant medications to adolescents with depression. Several i...
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