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Old 05-26-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy Need Help ASAP! Teenage daughter has PTSD, depression, etc.

So as not to bore you with miles & miles of details, my adopted 16 yr old daughter got into trouble & is currently "sentenced" to a 9 month program. Due to sexual abuse while in foster care, the health people at the program have decided she needs to be on Tenex and Zoloft. I am very uncomfortable with this - they do not monitor/observe her as they should. (She supposedly sees a mental health counsellor weekly and the physician only monthly.)

Today I spoke to her and she is feeling very persecuted and negative - after a little over a month on the meds. She was optimisitic at first because they told her "to give it time and it would work." The Tenex is supposedly to help her sleep without the nightmares, but it isn't working. She says she wakes up even when people whisper! I expected her attitude to improve somewhat from the Zoloft (I took it for around 5 years after my husband was murdered - but I was in my 30s - and had already tried numerous meds first - the Zoloft worked well for me.)

If she were home, I would be able to observe her like a hawk! My question is: should I tell the people at the program to cease the medication until she comes home (in 3 1/2 months) and I can take her to a local doctor - or should I have them switch her to something else (like Prozac?) There are so many horror stories about teens and Zoloft - and the FDA doesn't approve it for treatment of depression in teens. I plan to call the program in the morning and am not sure yet what I want them to do - I just know I need to do something!

I have horrible fears of this and am 250 miles away from her! I'm inclined to have them stop, but I'm not a doctor, but I am experienced and have the main thing they don't: LOVE and deep concern for my kid - no matter what she's done in her past - they tend to treat all of the girls in the program the same and way too objectively. Help!

Last edited by breesmom; 05-26-2009 at 08:45 PM.