Is it a good idea for a 7 year old to take Zoloft
Our child has been on SSRI medication since she was six years old (Zoloft is one of the SSRI meds). She suffers from severe anxiety. However, some research indicates that with the proper medication (and perhaps therapy and intervention) at an early age, the "pathways" in the brain can be retrained so that the person does not require the medication for his/her entire life. We are now in the process of weaning our child from Celexa but it is too soon to know any results (proper weaning can take a long time - she is now 12 years old). I do know of children who have been successfully weaned from medication after four or five years (some researcher say 9-12 months but I do not know personally of anyone who benefited from that short time frame). It is also possible that our child will require medication for her entire life.
As for drug addiction - SSRI medications are not habit-forming. Actually, I suspect the opposite to more likely be true - teenagers not taking the proper medication often self-medicate using alcohol and other drugs simply because they feel so rotten. I wonder - is this one of the reasons the suicide rate is so high in this age group? The daughter of a friend of mine took a SSRI medication for approximately five years and her doctor insisted that this child undergo many blood tests to see if "any damage had occurred". There was none indicated, and frankly without taking the medication for several years, this child would not have been able to function. Today she is 16 years old and has been med-free for two years. However, her mother would not be surprised that she might require medication should she have children (hormonal change).
Very, very recent research has indicated that without certain chemical, cells of the brain can die. In one study it was shown that adding certain medications (as Zoloft), the death of these cells can be prevented. Now, this research is very new and has not been proved - but it is very promising and certainly could change the way our children are treated.
I do know that without proper treatment our child would have not been able to function in school (or society in general). There were no options left except medication and it sounds as if you have also reached that point (it appears your son has). By the way, it took three different medications at varying doses to find the correct "fit" for our child so going the "medication route" can also be difficult. But, we would do it again in a heartbeat because without her meds, our child had no life. I wish you the best ... Read More At : ...