25-04-2016 06:33 PM
I'm only new at this single mum with 2 teenage kids, my son has had anxiety for the last year or so!
Got extremely bad after he broke up with his gf of 3years!
He is withdrawn not eating much very angry and agitated, he is in his room praying and reading the bible and watching saints movies!
He believe his calling is to b a priest which is fantastic if it is!
His attendance for school is very poor, no communications between us at all!
he believes he wants to live like a saint in order to get into heaven, he removed himself from all social activities not to cause him to sin!
He sleeps on the floor! He believes I'm a sinner thus he doesn't want to listen to anything I have to say!
he is refusing to get help or talk to anyone!
I contacted soooo many sites for mental health and came out with the same outcome that I basically need to wait for him to hit rock bottom before I can get him some help!
My dad suffered with skitsophrania all his life and I am terrified that this is wat he might b suffering from?
I look for signs all the time! It's sooo hard because he lives in his own world in his room at home!
Huge change in him from being talkative outgoing loving school to being exactly the opposite!
it is soooo hard to accept the changes! I feel soooo sad for seeing him struggle like this!
I can't stop thinking about it this is the hardest thing I have ever been thru in my life!
I think if only he agrees to seek help? If only he could recognize how irrational his behavior has been?
I have to take it each day as it comes not knowing what the next day holds or wat kind of day will it be?
I wish I can leave work and b home with him full time! But I can't financially and emotionally wouldn't b wise either! It would mean I would b even more involved and more anxious!
Tried to look for support groups in my area Thot maybe different views will help! To try different things! But no luck!
if anyone has any suggestions or ideas would b a grt help! Thank u
25-04-2016 08:33 PM
Welcome to the forums @Diamond
it must be so difficult for you to watch things transpiring before your eyes, sad
You point out some really important things in your post...
there has been a recent stressor (r'ship break down), marked changes in demeanour, possible illusions of grandeur (a very common theme in which people think they are famous, chosen, or even God themselves), family history, not eating or attending school.
Can I suggest you call the crisis assessment team (CATT) and mention the above information and his age. It may be possible for them to do an assessment of him at home after speaking to you/him. Read more about it here;
Alternatively there are other options, (apologies if you have already tried these):
Headspace is a youth specific mental health organisation throughout Australia
Would he attend a GP with you, or even have the home doctor (through medicare) visit him?
I hear you are concerned and rightly so!
Please let us know how you get on.
25-04-2016 09:01 PM
29-04-2016 12:36 PM
Just wanted to touch base? Did you get in contact with the services that @-karma- provided links?
I also wonder if @Janna and @Louise might be able to provide some advice here. They both care for adult sons who have a mental illness, which they've written about here. You might like to contribute to that discussion
Thinking of you and your son. Hope things are improving.
29-04-2016 01:27 PM
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