Thank you for your response. I have tried to talk to him but it is very difficult at the best of times as he is autistic and it is not easy to have a discussion with him as he sees things differently. He is safe. He already struggled with friendships but now has a big circle of friends, a lot of females. He recently started going out with one of them but it ended a couple of days later and he started going out with someone else and has got a lot of abuse from all the girls as he stopped going out with there friend! I don't think this is the main reason for his depression, but it certainly has not helped! He has always had a very low self esteem, he downs himself a lot doesn't think he is good at anything! He was quite open with me a few weeks back and said that he questions himself everyday..... Do people actually like him.....does he fit in...... he takes all his problems to bed with him and can't sleep! He is also very body conscious! He thinks he is fat! He has been in his room constantly other than meal times! This is the 3rd day of school and he has not been outside and had his blinds closed permanently and on his phone!
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I am reaching out for help here as I am in desperate need of support /advice/help! Are there any parents that have teenagers suffering from depression? My son is 14 years old, he is autistic and has recently started self harming himself. He is never around us anymore, very distant, he spends all of his time in his room talking to friends on his phone or playing fortnight! He has been missing the odd day off school but this week he had his first appointment with the psychologist and for 3 days in a row he has not gone to school, every morning I will wake him up for school but he says he is too tired! Sleeping is a big problem for him! He also wakens in yhe night and can't get back to sleep! I feel helpless!!
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