Three golden rules for teenagers taking medication for a mood disorder
1) They should be regularly monitored and have ready access to the doctor (GP). The GP should also have in place active support arrangements for any period that the doctor is unavailable.
2) It is extremely important not to come off medication until the psychiatrist or GP advises that stopping it is okay.
3) Most antidepressant medications should not be ceased abruptly as withdrawal effects can be very severe
– a teenager who has been prescribed antidepressant medication should tell their parents and their doctor if they notice any bad side-effects (Such as severe agitation, palpitations, insomnia)
Source: Parker & Eyers (2009) Published by Blackdog Institute