Posted by SLS on February 21, 2012, at 9:19:25
In reply to re: Desperate - Part 2 - Please no anti-med posts, posted by Solstice on February 20, 2012, at 18:54:53
> I would have thought that depakote would be last choice simply because - doesn't it have the weight gain issue?
Not always. I had no problem with it at all.
> I wish I understood the varied 'faces' of bipolar depression in adolescents.
Pediatric and adolescent depression does look different from depression seen in adults and is characterized by irritability.
Signs and symptoms of depression in teens:
Sadness or hopelessness
Irritability, anger, or hostility
Tearfulness or frequent crying
Withdrawal from friends and family
Loss of interest in activities
Changes in eating and sleeping habits
Restlessness and agitation
Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
Fatigue or lack of energy
Thoughts of death or suicide
Can you list all of the symptoms that your daughter is currently experiencing here? That might help us get a handle as to how much depression is going on to indicate whether we are looking at dysphoric hypomania (mixed-state) or depression only.
Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard Shaw