07-10-2018 11:59 AM
07-10-2018 01:43 PM
I was sorry to read about the struggles you have been having with your son and I can truly empathise because my son suffers from depression too. Its very difficult caring for our loved ones in this situation and lots of patience is needed, thats for sure!
I reached a stage with my own son where I needed counselling too because it all became so draining. Just a few sessions was all it took for me to offload onto a professional who could be objective about the situation. There is also the on-line coaching accessable on this forum....have you tried it?
In your sons situation, safety is paramount and if he is indicating suicidal thinking or intention then it is vital that he receive the correct support. Have you tried phoning or seeing the school psychologist, psychologist or psychiatrist yourself and putting them in the picture? Confidentiality sometimes seems to have gone too far and extreme.....I found out my son had contemplated and planned suicide and the treating doctor at the time didn't even inform me! I read it on a hospital discharge summary note.
Your son is struggling, @Fra_27. I know he is testing you to the max, however depression can be debilitating in teenagers......they often can be aggressive and non-compliant as part of the condition. Talk to the professionals if you can.
07-11-2018 01:35 PM
It sounds like your family is in a really difficult space at the moment. Safety seems to be a high priority right now, and I can hear how hard that has been when you've been left out the conversations.
As @Sister said, we do have a 1 on 1 coaching/support service for parents that may be helpful for you and your husband to access. The aim of this program is to support parents explore concerns related to their teens, set goals and take supported action. If you are interested in learning more about this service, you can find it here.
Are you currently seeking any support for you in this difficult time?
07-11-2018 09:51 PM
07-11-2018 10:04 PM
Hey @Beemum, great post. A wealth of info in there. It sounds like the recovery journey is still in progress for your Daughter but that she has a wonderful amount of support at home. Great points on self-care, and the need for our own emotional toolbox.
07-11-2018 10:39 PM
07-11-2018 10:42 PM - edited 07-11-2018 10:42 PM
@Beemum And I am hearing now that you have a lot more strength within you is that right? How empowering to look back at the journey and see how far you have come within yourself. Thank you for sharing this with the community please keep doing so.