up on your own life in order to combat stress is depressing. It may seem that
there is no way to solve problems but to commit suicide to end the pain. Suicidal
tendencies can be prevented with professional treatment.
It has been
observed that teenagers are highly like to have suicidal tendencies. A research
suggests that doctors should start with recommending low doses of antidepressant
drugs for teens because high dosage might increase the risk of suicidal tendencies.
It was found that younger patients who were being treated with
higher-than-recommended doses of antidepressants were more than twice as likely
to try to harm themselves as those who were initially treated with the same
drugs at lower doses.
prescribe antidepressants to children and young adults has been a debatable
health issue. A public warning about the risk of suicide in kids and teens
treated with a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRIs) was first issued in the year 2004. The warning followed a
government review that found youngsters who took the drugs were twice as likely
to try to harm themselves.
A child or
adolescent with depressive disorder should be carefully and thoroughly
evaluated by a doctor to determine if medication is suitable. Once started,
treatment with these medications should not be stopped abruptly. Although they
are addictive, abruptly ending an antidepressant can cause withdrawal symptoms
or lead to a relapse.
Children already taking an SSRI medication
should remain on the medication if it has been helpful, but should be carefully
monitored by a doctor for side effects. Parents should promptly seek medical
advice and evaluation if their child or adolescent experiences suicidal
thinking or behavior, nervousness, agitation, irritability, mood instability,
or sleeplessness that either emerges or worsens during treatment with SSRI medications.
is tried as an initial treatment for mild depression. It helps in determining
the severity of depression and whether antidepressant medications would be necessary.
Cognitive behavioral therapy &
interpersonal therapy are the types of psychotherapies used to determine persistence
can have side effects hence physicians should carefully weigh the risks and
benefits, and patients should be monitored to help control the risks.