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My daughter 20 years old have seen a GP once and has been given

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My daughter 20 years old have seen a GP once and has been given a prescription for anti-depressive pills. She has never been sad (or depressive before) but in the last month her boyfriend left her, grandma is very sick and has recently fallen out with her flat mates.

I am choked that a GP prescribes anti-depressive so quickly - what is your advice
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

hello

Dr. Thomas, MD :

How long since her boyfriend left?

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Please enter chat and respond.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

You have stepped out of chat again

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Please enter and reply

Customer:

2 weeks ago - they were together 3 months

Dr. Thomas, MD :

OK

Dr. Thomas, MD :

One should wait at least two weeks before using antidepressants, and feeling sad normally for a sad situation is not a reason to use anti depressants, did she have any symptoms besides sadness?

Customer:

no - prior to the boyfriend left her she spend the weekend at home celebrating her birthday and everything was ok - apart from her being sad about grandma's health

Dr. Thomas, MD :

OK, unless she is not eating, not sleeping, losing weight, feeling physically ill, can not function at school, etc. then the sadness is normal

Customer:

The problem is that after she saw the GP who prescribed the anti-depressive medicine, she is convinced this is the right was as she does what the doctors say.

Customer:

Can I get access to the GP's records when I am the father?

Dr. Thomas, MD :

No you can not

Dr. Thomas, MD :

She is an adult.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

If she agrees with the treatment then that is that.

Customer:

so what is your advice?

Dr. Thomas, MD :

You can talk to her about it though.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Ask if you can go to the next appointment with her.

Customer:

I obviously did

Dr. Thomas, MD :

That way you know what is really going on.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Will she let you/

Customer:

or should I set up an appointment with a psychiatrist where they will then say what you are saying.

Customer:

and yes she would go with me or vica cersa

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Yes, my advice is to see the psychiatrist together; ask .......why meds, based on what criteria, for how long? What is the treatment plan.

Customer:

is it normal for a GP to prescribe this kind of medicine after 1 consultation?

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Unfortunately, yes.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

The meds, however, are over used.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Further questions?

Customer:

the GP prescribed Cipralex - when I read about the side effects I get very worried

Dr. Thomas, MD :

All of them have side effects like that, rarely, and that is easily monitored. If she responds well it is not a problem.

Customer:

thx

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
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