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Step father won't let me try antidepressants - March 25th 2014, 09:43 PM

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Almost 4 years ago my mom, sister, and I moved to a bigger city to live with my biological father. When I was very young my mother broke things off with him because he was an alcoholic and would regularly rape her. At the time my mom was also an alcoholic, however both my parents are sober now and have been for years. I have always been shy and over the course of my life I developed depression and anxiety disorders. I've been seeing a psychologist for over a year now and don't feel better. The next logical step is medication. My father and I went to a psychiatrist and he agreed that I had depression and anxiety and recommended that I go on meds. My father has always been against it even when the psychiatrist explained that his fears and concerns were irrational. Honestly I see him as more of a step father. I never bonded with him. I think he is disgusting and I just don't like him. I talked to my mom about all this but she probably won't do anything. I even told my [step]father that he was holding me back from being someone I can be proud of but he didn't even respond. I'm so tired of being this way. I don't want to be chained by mental restraints anymore. I don't want to waste two more years of my life waiting to be 18 so I don't have to go by their ways. I don't know what more I can do to try and persuade them to let me try medication. If you think you can help, please try. I would love any sort of feedback at this point. Thank you for your time.
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Re: Step father won't let me try antidepressants - March 25th 2014, 10:03 PM

I would take them secretly. But to be honest with your (step)father. Tell him that you think that they could help you. They helped me. And i had PTSD, Depression, attachment disorders, and many more
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Re: Step father won't let me try antidepressants - March 26th 2014, 09:42 PM

I'm assuming she can't get a prescription for antidepressant medication unless her parents consent. In this case, she would definitely need to be regularly monitored by a psychiatrist in order to ensure potential side effects don't make her condition even worse... and the other alternatives would probably be illegal and/or highly dangerous in nature.

To the original poster, I'm sorry you're unable to convince your biological father to change his mind. Was the psychiatrist able to thoroughly explain why depression may not be alleviated by "talk therapy" alone? If not, you may want to schedule a visit with your regular physician and bring both your parents along. Ask the physician to break down the pros and cons of an 8 week trial for the most promising antidepressant medication. Encourage your parents to voice their concerns during the session, so your physician can reassure them (and so it's not your burden to convince them to change their minds).

If all else fails, I would continue to work with the psychologist and see if you can explore alternative forms of therapy, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, etc.

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