Posted by Jazzed on July 20, 2005, at 22:00:31
In reply to Re: Bad (but expected) news about ADs » SLS, posted by Jazzed on July 20, 2005, at 21:40:08
My own experience with ADs has been that the theraputic window is small. Again, that is for me. Too little didn't work, too much made things worse.
Teens/kids, unfortunately, are not always the ones who determine, or help determine, the dosage that might be effective. I got significantly depressed on various medications, suicidally so, fortunately that abated after the drug was withdrawn. I would guess, from that experience alone, that parents don't always have the information that kids can have an adverse reaction to their medication, and what they perceive as "bad" or "fussy" behavior could be a serious adverse reaction.
When I was a teen-ager, and seriously depressed, I was not given the choice of whether or not to take medication, or asked my opinion as to how the medications were affecting me. I can say that most of the effects were detrimental because I was given too much or the wrong medication (I don't know), not to mention I had a terrible psychiatrist.
Now, as an adult, I can choose to take them or not, to take something else or not. I wish there were a one size fits all answer to all mental illness.