Opinion on starting my 5 year old on Zoloft?

Jamie - posted on 09/03/2014 ( 8 moms have responded )

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He never had social anxiety before we started him in preK but every since 3 weeks now he is terrified of going to school. Says he is scared and he is historical when we drop him off. He won't eat in the mornings and won't eat while he is there. He cries all day. The first couple days he was there during nap time and he flipped out keeping the other kids awake. Since then we have been picking him up before nap time but it isn't helping he still cries the night before because he doesn't want to go he cries all morning and is historical when we get there.... The doctor wants to start him on Zoloft low dose to see if it will help I'm skeptical and didn't want to go that route... HELP what should I do??

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Leela - posted on 09/04/2014

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Jamie has anyone asked him why he feels this way? If he's never had social anxiety before then it's possible something at the school is making him feel this way. I'm not convinced this is a medical issue. Sounds like there are underlying issues that are causing him to feel this way. U can also consider switching schools. Maybe that will help.

Nicole - posted on 09/03/2014

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Sometimes only a couple of sessions before help is seen, depends on the counselor, and how well matched they are with your child! Your child has to connect with them. If the child doesn't make a good connection, it probably wont be as beneficial. Pick someone who your child feels safe with and can trust!

xo

Jamie - posted on 09/03/2014

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Nicole one last thing do you know or have you heard how long it take to start helping a child in the cousleing? I know everyone is different but on average just a curiousity question

Nicole - posted on 09/03/2014

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I always try the counseling route first and medicate if only absolutely necessary-if you haven't tried the counseling first, I would go with that. Lots of times though kids need both (the meds and counseling). Getting to the bottom of his fears is important. since it's only been 3 weeks, I would give it a bit more time. He may just not be transitioning well, and may overcome it.

Jamie - posted on 09/03/2014

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Thank you so much Nicole for you advice. As a mother no one wants to medicate their child but I need to do what's best for him. His pediatrician has recommended counseling but I haven't taken that step yet. He has never been to a babysitter or anything so I thought this behavior was because he has never been away from us but I also thought it would get better a little at a time but it has only gotten worse.

Nicole - posted on 09/03/2014

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Hi. Not to give medical advice online, I am a family nurse practitioner. While I cannot recommend anything for your particular child, I have had patients on this medication as young as 5 or 6 years old and parents have reported it made a world of difference. If your doctor recommended it, it's normal to have hesitancy in wanting to medicate, you can always try it for a couple of weeks and see if it helps. Or you can try CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and see if that works, it's like counseling to overcome fears. Usually I find that a balance of therapy and meds works. Just because someone may need medication for a short time doesn't mean they need it forever. Hugs! What works for one child may not work for another, the biggest thing is getting to the root of the problem.

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