How to help son who won't seek help
Q: Dear Dr Phelps, My adult son has been diagnosed as BP, but that's as far as he will go. He will not see a councillor, finds it hard to hold down a job and has attempted suicide a couple of times. He is 33 years old and lives alone. The main thing that worries us, is his rejection of his family. The one thing that remains stable in his life.His friends come and go. But he has this "thing" about his family. He has 2 brothers, one older and one younger, both married and handling life well. Is it that? Maybe he would dearly like to be like them and can't.He drinks too much and I'm at my wits end to know how to help him. Is this all part of the illness, or have we done something to cause all this? What can parents of adult children do? Thank you for listening to me. I have been trying to speak to other parents with the same problems but can't seem to find them.I'm in Australia. I forgot to mention, he is on medication. Also he cuts himself with a razorblade all the time.
Dear Jan --
On the subject of self harm, see the great information site on that behavior: