09-27-2020 06:37 AM
2 weeks ago
HI, i too have a son 16 with ODD> very bright but everyting you ask to do says no. Punches holes in our walls, fights with twin brother with ADHD. on verge of failing year 11 bc wont do the work even though is smart. we too have tried everything like you. I dont know what else to do im sorry i cant offer any solutions, just i know what you are going through. Hang in there.
2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago
Hi @BarleyHangingOn , that sounds like an incredibly challenging situation with your son- have you had any support from mental health professionals? You may already be aware of this, but the government recently announced an increase in medicare rebated sessions with a psychologist under a mental health plan from a GP from 10 sessions a year to 20. If you think it would be helpful, it could be a good time to get more support for him. Has his school been able to help to support him at all?
I can't imagine how exhausting it would be as a parent to be dealing with such challenging behaviour - do you have any support for yourself? If you think it would be helpful to talk things over with someone else, we do have a free one to one parents support service, that you can access here, it is a confidential service and free for all parents and carers of teens from 12-18 in Australia.
Thinking of you. Thanks for joining in the conversation here- it can help so much for parents to know that they're not alone.
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