Dad finds out son’s school was giving him antidepressants

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A high school student was prescribed depression medication without his parents’ consent

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The new state law was enacted to help a child if they come from an unhealthy family. However, if everything is in order in the household and the parents have not been informed, problems can arise.

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Eli Holt used TikTok to warn other parents (Images: @mr.notnew / Adobe Stock)

The latter can be seen in a clip posted to social media that has been viewed over 277,000 times.

A Washington state father claimed on TikTok that his son had been taking antidepressants for months without his knowledge.

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Here’s what you need to know about the incident and how antidepressants are prescribed in the UK:

A viral video on TikTok has people concerned about new US state laws allowing children to be prescribed drugs without parental consent (Image: SOPA/Getty)

What happened?

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TikTok user @Mr.notnew whose real name is Eli Holt, posted a video on the platform In late June, he updated parents in Washington state on his latest shocking news.

Mr. Holt received a call from his son’s high school counselor, who informed him that his 15-year-old had not picked up his antidepressants by the end of the school year.

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Not knowing his son Chas was taking the drug or even being prescribed it, Mr. Holt was shocked to learn that the Snohomish, Washington, school psychiatrist had given the boy antidepressants after a visit, and he had taken them For several months.

Chas believed his father had been informed about the drugs.

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Eli has good communication with the school as Chas is in an IEP (Individualized Education Program – a US program for students who need extra support) but neither the school nor the psychiatrist had notified him about the new state law .

Eli explained that he should have been informed: “First of all, if they’re prescribing a kid and you’re home, you should know. Period.

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“Secondly, the only time I could see them hiding such things from you is when they believe there is abuse in the home or when they feel the child is in danger. I would 100% agree if they didn’t tell me.

“Number three, what if he was allergic to such drugs? This boy can barely fill out an application, how is he supposed to know all his medical history?”

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What are antidepressants?

Antidepressants are psychiatric medications that often come in pill form. They are approved for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and phobias, among other things.

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Corresponding SpiritAntidepressants work by increasing the activity of certain brain chemicals, such as serotonin or norepinephrine, which are thought to regulate mood.

It’s important to note that this type of medication doesn’t work for everyone, as antidepressants come in different forms and have different side effects.

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Additionally, there is no scientific evidence that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance that antidepressant drugs could correct.

While medication can alleviate the symptoms of mental health problems, they don’t always address the root causes — doctors often prescribe them along with talk therapy to address the root cause of the problems.

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Statins, which lower cholesterol and prevent many heart attacks and strokes, may also protect against depression. Photo: Adobe Stock

How are antidepressants prescribed in the UK?

Eight in 100 people in the UK experience mixed anxiety or depression on a weekly basis, with three in 100 suffering from depression alone.

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The viral TikTok video showed the Washington state school’s psychiatrist prescribing antidepressants to Eli’s son. In the UK, however, only some healthcare professionals are allowed to prescribe the drug.

Your doctor (GP), a psychiatrist, or a specialist pharmacist can prescribe antidepressants, while some may only be prescribed under the supervision of a psychiatrist.

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Antidepressants are usually prescribed in small doses and if you are under 18 the dose should be considered carefully – not all antidepressants are approved for use by under 18s in the UK.

If you are suffering, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your GP.

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