Thank you @Chauny It is a very challenging and scary thing to deal with, but knowing I am nit the only one in this situation makes me feel like I am not totally crazy - yet. I work in Education and constantly remind people of how critical mental health in teenagers can be an issue - never did I think it applied to me. That's the real truth though - it can apply to anyone. Currently my Son is now receiving treatment through the CAMHs unit at our local hospital which we were encouraged to engage with after his suicide attempt. Not sure if the counsellor he had just had 6 sessions with november/december approved of the move - but I guess we go with what seems to be the best option for our children at the time. This psychologist has started with a different approach where the first session had us both with him. No private conversations, confronting yes but the lies and manipulation were at a minimum with me sitting there. Hopefully sometime soon we will start moving forward.
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Thanks for your advice. I do plan on getting some counselling for myself, it has been a challenging year for all of us, losing both parents (my sons Grandparents) in a short period of time, family conflict and now my son with a suicide attempt after Christmas and now self-harming. I am lucky to be supported by a wonderful partner and great friends. I have read quite a lot on this forum and the internet about depression and self-harm. The more I read the more I feel like my son is not really following any of these traits or behaviour. (This week I have finally been advised that his suicide attempt did not involve the amount of drugs if any that he said he took. It is SO frustrating as a parent to have privacy thrown in your face when trying to really understand what is going on. I realise that in situations some parents should not be across certain information, but really why not get a background story from the people who know the patient rather than shroud everything in secrecy. Why wouldn’t the emergency department tell me that they didn’t find evidence in his blood that he took the drugs? I have been left spinning and now spinning in another direction to think that he went to such an extreme measure and lie). I fear that in realty my Son does not have depression abut perhaps anxiety. He tells me that he has depression yet I don’t see any signs - finally this week another case Dr read his notes and disclosed to me that the ED team and then his physiatrist also do not believe that he has depression. It’s hard to understand why I have been kept from this important information regarding my 15 year old son. Now with this week’s sell-harm I also see not the behaviour many of you describe, he isn’t regretful, embarrassed and does not want to hide what he did from anyone. He went to school with 100 fresh cuts on his arm to lead peer support at school and thought it was all okay. He denied that he did it the night before and tried to say that it was a few days ago, but it was evident that it had just been done. I am now in a lost situation where my son attempted suicide and is committing self-harm but is not depressed. I assume this is some form of attention seeking or emotional void he is trying to fill? My son is much loved, active sportsman, intelligent and a USUALLY a great communicator. Now he is lying and manipulating continually but not just to me, also to the professionals who are trying to help him. (I can’t even believe I am saying this about my son – all of this is so foreign to me.)
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My Son has started school today with around 80-100 light cuts along hi forearm. To my knowlegde this is just the second time he has cut at all.He is currently under the care of a Physciatrist and Physcologist after a suicide attempt between Christmas and New year - again a first.
All of this is very new behaviour that started just a couple of months ago.
When he cuts I am very unsure how to react, behave and respond?
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