Is this being prescribed by a psychiatrist? Anti-depressants do not usually work on reactive depressions. In addition they tend to cause more suicidal thinking in children. That being said, I would explain that the medicine is there to help him deal with his sadness. I mentioned one of the most serious side effects is suicidality. Initial doses tend to be low like 10 mg. I would suggest that psychotherapy is probably most effective. I would suggest a child therapist who practices CBT.
. In CBT, one is taught new ways of thinking and behaving and as a result, one's mood decrease. anxiety. In addition CBT is evidenced based as the most effective form of treating anxiety and depression.
One last thing, when one experience a loss mourning is a process that must be undergone. In fact, it is not considered a disorder rather bereavement until 6 months pass. I am sorry for the loss, but the depression is normal.
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