My son had two precious children whom he loved very much. Now they are without a father. Losing a child was 100 times more painful than the deaths of my parents.
People should be told about other ways to manage depression, such as counseling, vigorous exercise or even an herb like St. John's wort.
A: We are so sorry to hear about the death of your son. The Food and Drug Administration first issued a warning about the possibility of suicidal thoughts linked to antidepressants in 2004. Initially, the caution applied to children and adolescents. It has been expanded to include young adults.
Although many people can benefit from antidepressants, others experience intolerable side effects. Suddenly stopping drugs like citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft) and venlafaxine (Effexor) can be difficult.
You are right that alternative approaches can sometimes be helpful in managing depression.
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