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What happens if a teen who isn't actually depressed is on antidepressents?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Why is the teen on the antidepressant? Is it for anxiety? Behavior issues? Other issues? The won't be a particular problem if the patient is not depressed on the antidepressant for another reason other than the potential problems that any person would have.
Many medications are used for other purposes and have multiple indications. It is just that we called them antidepressants first.

In brief: Depends

Why is the teen on the antidepressant? Is it for anxiety? Behavior issues? Other issues? The won't be a particular problem if the patient is not depressed on the antidepressant for another reason other than the potential problems that any person would have.
Many medications are used for other purposes and have multiple indications. It is just that we called them antidepressants first.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Also, new antidepressants are used for long term treatment of anxiety, peripheral neuropathy fibromyalgia and chronic pain (Cymbalta) and officially ADHD (Strattera). Older antidepressants are still used for insomnia, bed-wetting (desipramine), fibromyalgia and chronic pain (amitriptyline) and a number of off label things not yet authorized officially by the FDA (Fod and Drug Administration).
Dr. Garron Miller
Pediatrics

In brief: See below

Most likely nothing.
But as with all meds, they may have side effects, so it is not wise to be on medications, if not for the appropriate diagnosis. If concerned be seen by a physcian, or psychiatrist if able to.

In brief: See below

Most likely nothing.
But as with all meds, they may have side effects, so it is not wise to be on medications, if not for the appropriate diagnosis. If concerned be seen by a physcian, or psychiatrist if able to.
Dr. Garron Miller
Dr. Garron Miller
Thank
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