Antidepressant medicines often work well, but they do have some risks
and side effects. Their use may increase the risk of suicide, especially in the
first few weeks of use. If your child starts antidepressants, be sure to be
aware of this risk and get help if you see any of the warning signs.
Before prescribing medicine, your doctor will check your child for
possible suicidal thoughts by asking a few questions. Some of the questions
your doctor may ask your child include:
Have you lost interest in things you used to
Have you had any change in how well or when you
Have you been feeling down, depressed, or hopeless much of
Do you drink alcohol or use substances? How often do you drink or use? How much?
Have you heard voices that other people do not hear, or have you believed things that others do not believe to be true?
Have you had any thoughts about hurting
Have you ever felt so bad that you wished you were
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry David A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry