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Starting Antidepressants: How to Care for Your Child

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Overview

If your child has a mental health condition like depression or anxiety, the doctor may prescribe antidepressant medicines to help. These medicines change the levels of some chemicals in the brain. This may help affect your child's moods. Here are some ways to care for your child who is starting antidepressants.

Where to get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

If your child talks about suicide, self-harm, a mental health crisis, a substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress, get help right away. You can:

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Credits for Starting Antidepressants: How to Care for Your Child

Current as of: February 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine


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