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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
Brand Name: Strattera Generic Name: atomoxetine hydrochloride Usage: Strattera has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for children six years old to twelve years old. This medication has not been tested in children under the age of six and should not be given to children five and under. Strattera is available in the following strengths: 10 mg 18 mg 25 mg 40 mg 60 mg Physicians will often start patients on lower doses and increase as needed. This helps to find the lowest possible dose to improve symptoms. Strattera is generally taken once per day, in the mornings, but a second dose is sometimes prescribed for late afternoon. It can be taken with or without food. This medication should be swallowed whole. It should not be crushed or broken. Overview: Strattera is the only non-stimulant medication currently approved for the treatment of ADHD.
I was immeasurably relieved to see a study last week in the American Journal of Psychiatry that indicated that suicide rates dropped among depressed people soon after they started treatment with antidepressants or psychotherapy. You might wonder why I say I was relieved instead of just pleased. Mainly because SSRI antidepressants have been taking it on the chin since 2004, especially when it comes to adolescents or children being treated with them. It was in 2004 that studies came out that indicated that younger patients on SSRI antidepressants had a higher rate of suicide. This, combined with a suit by a publicity-seeking state attorney general against GlaxoSmithKline, led the FDA to institute a "black box" warning on all SSRI antidepressants except Prozac. Although very few in the medical community disputed the findings or disagreed with the action the FDA took, many were worried that all the publicity and media frenzy would drive young people (and their doctors) away fro...
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