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#1 of 5 Old 08-07-2009, 11:30 PM - Thread Starter
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Is anyone familiar with "depression" in an adolescent and how to treat it without drugs? My nephew was just put on 2 medicines (celexa for depression and zomig for headaches) He is only 12, I am really worried about him on these drugs especially celexa, I don't believe it was used as a last resort, I think it is even contraindicated in this age (I'm still trying to research it) and would like to try to offer some alternatives to his mom, she has 4 other kids to care for and I doubt she has any time to research this issue. I've read about omega-3 fatty acids... anything else that might help?? Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated!

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I only have a second but check out removing gluten and the supplement
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I had my first depressed episodes as a teen, a few years later but in high school. Now that I'm an adult and I'm piecing together all my health stuff, a lot of the things in the Natural Cure thread in the post-partum depression forum seem to fit my overall health picture. If you can find a HCP for guidance, to figure out how/why vitamins and minerals and EFAs are so out of balance, that would probably be best. But the nutrients discussed in that thread were a lot of the ones that are still messed up in me as an adult.
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I highly recommend the book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment For: Autism, ADD, ADHD, Depression, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Schizophrenia
This treatment is also known as the GAPS diet, which you can google for more info. This is treatment through diet that does require some commitment, so I don't know if your in-laws would go for it.
This book is excellent for anyone interested in health - it most likely applies to many many health issues. I highly recommend it.
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regardless of medication or supplement usage, it would be great for the child to work with a psychologist trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy. this method is evidenced based and is as effective as traditional SSRI therapy. it is skills based, has no side-effects, and can also reduce the liklihood of recurrent symptoms. unless a child is in danger of self harm i feel it should be the first line of treatment.

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