How can I get depression meds without parental consent?

This isn’t for me, but my girlfriend has severe depression, but her parents 1) Don’t believe her; 2) Wouldn’t allow her to take meds even if they did; 3) Would look down on her for it no matter what, even for just asking. I was wondering if there was any way to get her depression meds without her parents giving permission or even finding out. I know my parents would give any help possible, if that makes any difference, but I’ll do anything for it. Please help me, I’m very desperate for this.

I agree with the other person who posted an answer. My thought is, how old is she? If she’s under 18 then you won’t be able to get meds without parental permission. Another idea is to try flaxseed or fish oil capsules. You can get them at health stores, pharmacies and other places. They contain the omega 3 fatty acids that our bodies lack severely at times and can after some time help the brain reset itself for lack of better words. There are foods that naturally have these acids in them, but we don’t always eat enough of them to help. Hope she gets better.

4 Responses to “How can I get depression meds without parental consent?”

  • Fighting Propaganda says:

    Just smoke trees.
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  • gardensallday says:

    By severe depression, do you mean she is suicidal and not able to make it to school anymore? If she is still able to go to school and act more or less normal, it is probably moderate depression, not severe depression. If she had severe depression, her parents would notice something was very wrong with her. She can try taking st. john’s wort. To be honest, these SSRI’s and SSNI’s turn out that most times, they are working by placebo effect, and not helping on their own, and when these drugs do help, it is only very modestly vs. the benefit of placebo. If she isn’t getting the hand holding from the doc, she won’t get better, cuz the placebo effect won’t happen. And antidepressant side effects can be really awful, and withdrawal even worse. I will give my depression tips, which there is far more evidence these things work, since there’s no profit motive in pushing them on people (like exercise, get more sunshine, get more social support, and there is the free computerized cognitive behavioral counseling, which is anonymous).

    generic Depression tips (PRINT THEM OUT):
    If your depression is worse in winter, try to get more sun. You may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or your depression could be partly seasonal. Use a light box (10,000 Lux (light intensity) at about 20” – about $300 online, don’t get locally, they charge more, you don’t need full spectrum, it needs a UV filter, the Sunray is a good brand). I have extra windows, painted the walls peach & yellow & have a skylight. There’s a link to a cheaper lightbox at psycheducation.org. Also take 1000 to 2000 IU of Vitamin D in winter – if you live in the north, you are deficient in this vitamin & need the supplement anyhow, so you may as well see if it helps the depression.

    Try meditation like progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery. See The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne for examples. Free 15 minute guided imagery download at healthjourneys.com.

    Go out with friends, & if you don’t have any, join a club & MAKE yourself go until you look forward to it. “Isolating” makes depression worse!

    Exercise 1/2 hour a day, & anytime you feel depressed. Exercise is a great mood stabilizer & reduces anxiety. LOTS OF RESEARCH SUPPORTS THIS.

    Insomnia?: Go to bed & get up the same time each day, even weekends. Don’t use your bedroom to watch TV, read or use the computer. Don’t do stuff that revs you up before bed, like exercising & using the computer. Light from computer screens & TV wakes you up. Use that last hour to wind down-take a bath? Make the bedroom very dark, even cover up the alarm clock. Use a noise machine (makes wave sounds etc.) to cover up disturbing sounds. Avoid caffeine in afternoon & evening. Try soundsleeping.com for free relaxing sounds downloads.

    Put colorful, happy things around the house. Do nice things for yourself. Make a list of things that make you happy, like: bread fresh from the oven, the scent of Jergen’s cherry almond lotion, the crisp sound of a saltine cracker breaking, fresh sheets on the bed, standing in the boat flicking topwater lures onto the water, etc. Use all your senses & read that list when you are breaking down

    Work on time management if you are overwhelmed. Cut back on other responsibilities so you can spend more restorative time with friends & family. Ask for help if depression makes it hard to keep up with chores.

    Spend more time with your pet, if you have one. Both of you will appreciate the time.

    DON’T listen to sad music! It makes things worse! Listen to upbeat stuff- same with movies & novels.

    DISTRACT yourself when you are hurting. Read a novel, watch a comedy, go out with friends, play cards or a video game, whatever is mentally all-consuming. This is VERY helpful in a crisis!!

    Volunteer. Helping others makes you feel better about yourself. It also keeps you more involved in the community. Many people find comfort being involved in religion. Get help from your pastor. Some pastors from conservative faiths don’t “believe” in mental illness & tell you to go off your meds & pray more – don’t go to such a pastor for “help.”

    Put a half-smile on your face. Changing your expression is proven to help change mood.

    Cognitive Behavioral therapy is the most effective kind of counseling. Try free computerized CBT at moodgym.anu.edu.au. Computerized therapy appears to be almost as effective as counseling, research shows.

    Good luck. I learned this information from classes & books.
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    I’ve had bipolar for about 30 years

  • Jolene says:

    im not for certain the laws vary by state i believe but if she becomes suicidal get her help immediately severe depression can lead to psychosis and frightening unwanted thoughts i have been down that road. but her family needs to be a part of her treatment and giver her as much support as possible. if not she needs to get out a bad situation
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  • geneva says:

    I agree with the other person who posted an answer. My thought is, how old is she? If she’s under 18 then you won’t be able to get meds without parental permission. Another idea is to try flaxseed or fish oil capsules. You can get them at health stores, pharmacies and other places. They contain the omega 3 fatty acids that our bodies lack severely at times and can after some time help the brain reset itself for lack of better words. There are foods that naturally have these acids in them, but we don’t always eat enough of them to help. Hope she gets better.
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    Personal experience with being bipolar diagnosed in 2003 but I believe I had it a while before hand. It’s apparently a family trait for me on my mothers side.

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