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Hopefully 🙂 I’ll look into it.
Yes, I’m 16. And my mother is my legal guardian. Unfortunately I don’t think there’s much I can do until I’m 18. Where I live at least, once you’re an adult you can’t be forced to take drugs unless you’re ‘at risk of harming yourself’, which I’m definitely not. However because I’m a minor, the laws are even more vague. Apparently my mom will need to get a court order against me, which… well, I don’t know if she’s going to do it, but if she does, I’m basically screwed. Oh well, hoping for the best.
Man, I wish I had a father like you. I’m a 16 year old girl, living with my mother (she divorced my dad when I was twelve and I’m not allowed to visit him), and my mom’s trying to force me to take Lexapro (another SSRI)… even though I don’t have depression or anxiety. It’s really terrifying for me, my mum has some issues herself and she is always seeing medical conditions in my siblings and I that aren’t really there… a few years ago she believed I had various autoimmune diseases, and so I was put through rounds of rigorous testing that involved blood testing often enough to make me iron deficient (I had to take iron supplements to avoid anemia). When the doctors concluded that I was healthy, she was stumped and moved on to my brother, believing that he had anorexia because he had recently lost his baby fat. She didn’t seem to understand that IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL for fourteen year old boys to be on the skinny side. Now, after a brief stint where I had symptoms of *mild* depression, she believes that I am incapable of looking after myself and has tried to have me locked up in a psych ward. Ironically enough, this sent me into a panic attack that ended in her taking me to the hospital and me having to argue with the doctors for five hours before they agreed to let me go home.
Even though my depression is completely gone, my mother is still pushing for me to be put on antidepressants. I have no faith in the doctors to keep me safe anymore, after the psych ward incident. My mom spoke to several doctors about me, and without even meeting me they all concluded that I needed antidepressants and prescribed me double the dose of Lexapro first recommended. I refused to take it, obviously, so now my mom’s on a waiting list to see a child psychiatrist to try and get me locked up, OR dose me with Lexapro. I’ve spoken to the school counsellor about this and she agreed that I wasn’t depressed and shouldn’t be on medication, she even spoke to my mother about it but my mom decided that if she didn’t see depression in me she must just be a bad therapist. I am genuinely scared that I’m going to end up being sectioned for noncompliance or something, and it’s not like I can just take the drugs and then go off them as soon as I’m a legal adult, because once you go on those drugs you don’t come off them without paying hell for it.
I don’t know what to do, I’m completely lost. Every therapist that I’ve spoken with face-to-face has told my mother that I don’t need drugs, and she just writes them off as unprofessional? Seriously? The school counsellor said they can’t legally lock me up for not taking the drugs, but they almost did already. Seriously, it was sheer luck and my debating skills that got me out of it last time. My mom won’t let it happen again. If she wants me in a hospital, she’ll see that I end up there. I’m so scared…