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Does a fourteen year old girl really need antipsychotics to control her panic attacks?

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Last Updated: 06/08/2020 at 6:21pm
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professionalEmbrace58
March 18th, 2015 1:53pm
Medication is not always the best option, just as therapy is not always the best option. If a fourteen year old is having panic attacks, she should talk to her parents and her doctors and do what is best for her mental health.
Anonymous
May 12th, 2015 5:33pm
A fourteen year old girl parents needs professional advice from a qualified doctor to see if she need antipsychotics to control her panic attacks.
PeaceLoveUnityRespect
June 9th, 2015 9:35am
I believe that everyone has the potebtial to help themselves and that as a last resort should we turn to medication. With that being said everyone is different and a doctor should be consulted always before making these kinds of decisions but you can also get a second opinion !
Anonymous
June 23rd, 2015 3:07pm
I think it is something that has to be discussed with a qualified doctor. There are many natural options for panic attacks but they don't work for everyone.
Anonymous
July 20th, 2015 4:43am
i was 14 and on anti psychotics. to be honest, they didnt help the panic attacks, it was a quick fix that left me in a zombie state where i couldnt function.
EtaAlpha
August 18th, 2015 5:23pm
This is really a question a medical professional can answer, but in my opinion, I'd suggest age doesn't really come in to this. If a medical professional suggests that someone would benefit from taking antipsychotics, it can be worth entering into a conversation as to whether they're worthwhile taking. Anyone of almost any age can suffer from mental health issues of any severity and hence might benefit from many sorts of treatment.
Yuki2714
November 9th, 2015 4:33pm
For me, it's a no. Drugs can harm her and I think that's worse. Guidance of the elders should be a yes. It can help her cope up with her situation and positively, stop her panic attacks. She's only a child. And children should be loved and not treated as psychos or some mad people.
lilscotsangel
November 23rd, 2015 1:52am
It all really depends on the level. Ideally ensure she (or he) does NOT become addicted. Support them
admirableEndfoftherainbow84
December 15th, 2015 2:53pm
Maybe, it depends on how bad they can get. if they really do help, then they are a good option, but if they don't work for you you should discuss that with your family to figure out a solution.
Anonymous
February 15th, 2016 5:03pm
if a doctor gave it to you, I would consult them or a therapist for more information. the Internet and this site are not qualified to answer than question for you. medication is based on how you are doing and how you react to certain situations, not what people generally need.
shadowgryphon
March 15th, 2016 9:51pm
I did. I was on them from age 14 to 55. I only went off of them because I lost them while driving cross country. By the time I settled, my new doc pointed out that since I had detoxed on the drive, there was no need for me to go back on them.
bubblingPassion34
May 30th, 2016 5:53am
If she and her parents feel like it is best for her, of course. Mental health is important and can be scary.
kaitykait
July 19th, 2016 6:39am
It completely depends on the situation. If someone who happens to be fourteen is struggling with that severe of anxiety, her psychiatrist may recommend just that.
Freedangel
May 23rd, 2017 4:37am
I don't really like the use of the word "need". I do personally support the use of prescription medications to assist with any number of disorders, but ultimately I believe that it should be up to the patient. If a person experiences difficulty functioning in their day-to-day life as a result of panic attacks, I do think I would suggest prescription medications. Ultimately I would leave it up to them, though.
Blynng
June 8th, 2020 6:21pm
It would be inappropriate for anyone to advise regarding medications without being qualified in psychiatric practice and familiarized with the case in question. It is entirely possible that due to the severity and difficult of the symptoms experienced by the patient, specific medications may be appropriately prescribed. Medications are prescribed with consideration of the symptoms reported, the diagnoses associated with the patient, comorbidities and other issues, as well as past response to other pharmacological therapies. Anti-psychotic medications are often used to help control severe panic attacks, especially when frequent and accompanied by delusions or problems like dissociation. If you have concerns regarding the medications selected for your condition, it's a valid question to ask your provider.