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Hi all, posting as need to voice my concerns and maybe get some reassurance!
My daughter (now 17) has struggled with her mental health for a number of years now. She has severe anxiety, depression, has self-harmed in the past and has suicidal thoughts and urges.
She has been back and forth to the GP over the past 3 years, tried counselling at CAMHS (which was a bit of a non-starter) and has been seeing an educational psychologist in school for quite a number of months now. She has been really helpful.
A number of weeks ago we went to the GP as she was feeling very low and she confided in him that she had been having strong suicidal thoughts again. She was referred to a psychiatrist. Last week I was called up to her school as she told someone there that she was feeling very suicidal and pills were mentioned, so appointment was pushed through for yesterday.
Sorry, I'm rambling a bit! So we/she had a two hour session with a Dr at CAMHS yesterday as he has prescribed her 10mg prozac, and we are going back nexr Friday. She'll also be given CBT. Now, I am very pleased that finally, after all this time, she is receiving some real help.
However, a couple things came up while I was in the room that have concerned me. My daughter's mood can swing quite dramatically at times, and I did for a while wonder about her having bipolar. But I ended up dismissing that as I know someone with the condition, and I know that my own anxiety can cause my moods to shift. However, when the Dr was quizzing her about these 'episodes' she told him that she feels on top of the world when feeling like that. I hadn't actually realised just ho high she feels. And afterwards she crashes into a low again. So of course my concern is that the fluoxetine might send her off into some sort of a manic episode. Would such a low dose cause this??? I am really very relieved that she is getting help and did feel an anti-depressant would help her, but now I'm worried for her. I pick her prescription up today so she will start it tomorrow.
Thanks for reading (if you got this far!)
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