15 year old daughter on prozac ! Help

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My daughter was put on Prozac 10mg 3 weeks ago . she had no size affects and was feeling better . Then out of no way everything came back . I took her to doctor and they upped it to 20mg 2 days ago . well last night I cought her cutting herself . my question is this , should we give it more time and will it get better . or should we change it . also she is getting side effects from upping it and she didn't get them from the 10mg is that normal ? Thanks for any answers

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    Hi Kim

    i can relate to that as my son took these meds when he was 20 and he ended up cutting himself too.  I've also taken SSRI's so know how they feel too.

    You need to give these meds months, not weeks, and yes throughout recovery your daughter will feel like she's recovered then feel as though she's back at the beginning again - they're called blips or setbacks.  Increasing the dose will not stop these as you get them on any dose.  Each increase will also bring on side effect so gain, but they do wear off.

    From my experience on meds and my sons too, just stick with one dose for a while.  You cannot stop the blips and you will not recover in a matter of weeks.  It takes time.

    Cutting is very common and seems especially in young people.  Anxiety bring many side effects and people often feel they need to cope and release their feelings through cutting.  

    I spent hours with my son just talking, and helped him through it all.  I reassured him he could tell me anything.  He saw his doctor and other specialists and was able to talk to them too.

    Yes your daughter can recover, but don't expect it to happen overnight.  Give it as much time as it needs.  It took my son 9 months to recover back to his normal self and today he's off meds and enjoying life again.  Don't worry about his timespan as everyone is different, and it also gets easier.

    Let her doctor know what's going on and reassure her it will get better.

    Ill send you a link.

    K x

     

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      I am so glad I found you all ! Its been a lonely road ! I took her out of school today to do online until her meds are worked out. She is being bullied really bad at school and told me that most of all her depression is because of the school she goes to . I am going to put her in a different school for 10th grade . I am so worried about her I'm watching her 24/7 . I just thank God I'm a stay at home mom . I know a lot of people can't be . I told her that there will be side affects to the meds and we have to give it time . I am just so greatful I found this forum !

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      I am so glad I found you all ! Its been a lonely road ! I took her out of school today to do online until her meds are worked out. She is being bullied really bad at school and told me that most of all her depression is because of the school she goes to . I am going to put her in a different school for 10th grade . I am so worried about her I'm watching her 24/7 . I just thank God I'm a stay at home mom . I know a lot of people can't be . I told her that there will be side affects to the meds and we have to give it time . I am just so greatful I found this forum !

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      My son couldn't work for 4 months and equally I was glad I was at home to help him.  Its stress that causes this - we can all take so much stress before the adrenaline builds up and eventually boils over and often results in anxiety / depression.  You then become afraid of the feelings of anxiety / depression which then causes more anxiety and so you get caught in a cycle of being afraid of anxiety / depression which keeps the cycle going.

      She will get better, however much she feels deeply embroiled by it all.

      The meds raise anxiety to start with so it will be feel much worse in the beginning - but the meds will help.

      Do let her doctor know everything though.  My son also saw a psychiatrist and psychologist weekly. who were great.  Slowly but surely he started to improve ........ and the day I heard my son whistling was pure joy.  Your daughter wilt get there too.

      K x

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    HI Kim

    Everything Kate said is right. It's a long process but with understanding, compassion and support your daughter will get better. Kate helped me and many others cope with this difficult time. Talking helps to not feel alone or crazy. We are here if you or your daughter need to talk. 

    Take care ????

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    Hi Kim,

    I agree with Kate.  It takes about 3 months to get the benefits and have the side effects be better.  I’m in month 4, and finally seeing an improvement, but it was extremely hard at first.  It takes so long unfortunately, but it’s worth the wait.  I had terrible side effects for 3 months.  It depletes serotonin in the brain to trigger the brain to make more, so the symptoms can be worse at first unfortunately.  There’s also a Prozac group on Facebook that you can join that’s really helpful.

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