Antidepressants for Kids: The Options, Warnings, and Safety Strategies - MedCircle

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Antidepressants for Kids: The Options, Warnings, and Safety Strategies

5 Sessions

Left untreated, depression in kids leads to more severe issues down the road. This series will shed light on when & how antidepressants in kids can help.

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5 Sessions

Left untreated, depression in kids leads to more severe issues down the road. This series will shed light on when & how antidepressants in kids can help.

  • Access 50+ In-Depth Series
  • Ask Our Doctors Live — Weekly
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About the Series

Rates of childhood and teenage depression have risen substantially in recent years; education on how to treat it has not risen at the same rate. Left untreated, depression in children and teenagers increases the risk of future depressive episodes that are more prolonged and more severe.

Most parents don’t understand how medication works for this all-too-prevalent mental health condition - and not understanding something can be scary. Understanding starts with education. In this series, you’ll learn whether antidepressants are an effective solution for your child or teenager’s depression. You’ll be armed with the key information about antidepressants you need to know so that you can have an educated discussion with your child or teenager’s health provider.

This series is for the involved parent who wants to understand the treatment options available before even stepping foot into their child's psychiatrist's office. With education comes power - this series will empower parents to make a difference in their child or teenager’s mental health.

“When you go to the pediatrician or child psychiatrist and they start talking about medicine... I want it to be an educated discussion, I don’t want that to be the first time that parent hears about antidepressants and how they work. I want that parent to go into that discussion 10 steps ahead.”

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Who is this For?

This series is for parents who want a comprehensive understanding of antidepressants, and whether they’re right for your child or teenager.

This series is also a great tool for learning how to talk to your child or teen about going on antidepressants.

Some of What You Will Learn

  • The signs your child or teenager may need to go on an antidepressant

  • Exactly what to expect in the first weeks and months your child or teenager begins taking an antidepressant

  • How to talk to your child or teenager about going on an antidepressant

  • What long-term depression treatment should look like in a child or teenager, and for how long antidepressants should be included in that treatment regimen

  • The signs your child or teenager is improving as a result of medication

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Session Overview

  • Session1

    Antidepressants in Kids vs. Adults & the Options Available

    In this session, you’ll get an in-depth description of each antidepressant option for children, what to consider when prescribing drugs for kids versus adults, and the misconceptions surrounding antidepressants for kids.

    17m
  • Session2

    Signs Your Child Needs Medication & What to Ask Your Doctor

    Equally as important as understanding the available antidepressant options is recognizing the signs your child needs to be on one in the first place. This session will teach you how to spot those signs, how to talk to your child about being on medication, and exactly what to ask your doctor once your child is put on an antidepressant.

    11m
  • Session3

    What to Expect When Your Child Begins Medication

    According to Dr. Dom, expectations are everything when it comes to managing medication for depression. In this session, he walks through exactly what your expectations should be once your child or teenager is put on an antidepressant.

    7m
  • Session4

    The Side Effects of Antidepressants Parents Should Know

    There are physical, behavioral, and psychological side effects you need to look out for when your child or teenager begins taking an antidepressant. In this session, Dr. Dom paints a clear picture of each one and walks through exactly what to do if your child or adolescent starts experiencing them.

    8m
  • Session5

    How to Manage Long-Term Lifestyle Changes for Kids on Antidepressants

    One of the most common questions surrounding antidepressants is, will my child be on medication forever? In this session, Dr. Dom answers this pressing question and explains the lifestyle changes that need to go along with medication for childhood depression.

    13m

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