my 17 yr old son seems to be depressed and he won't reach out for help to me

Kandis - posted on 07/04/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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how do you reach out to a 17 yr old boy who is depressed

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Louise - posted on 07/04/2012

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Make small talk with him and try and open the lines of communication. Take him bowling or out for a meal, just the two of you and sit down on neutral grounds and ask him if he is ok, or is anything worrying him. Once you have got him talking, try to just listen and dont judge. He will feel more comfortable to talk to you about his problems if you pass no comment then to read the riot act. This is a long process if he wont open up, but keep persevering and eventually he will let you in.

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Kandis - posted on 07/04/2012

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Thanks Louise i have been dealing with this since i let him move in with my ex husband.Here is a little history i had purchased a truck for him to get to and from school however he began to abuse the privilege. Being 17 he is experimenting in all kinds of things drugs, drinking and sex. he is out of control i have tried time and time again to talk to him calmy but dont get anywhere. like every teemager he has a attitude has all the answers to everything , gets upset when you offer advice often i catch him telling me lies. i feel like im gonna go crazy and now he decides tonight he is not coming home i tried to text him he reads my texts and doesn't respond. as for his truck he recently traded because he lost his driver due to a imparied driving, for a racing quad well it did not take him even one week to flip that quad and break his collar bone and even with his injury i can't keep him home to heal his injury. im at my wits end this has taken a tol on my big time.

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