Dec 14, 2011 - 8:15 am
My son was 13 1/2 when he had the burden of being a caregiver to my husband - he had the issues of being home alone a lot when we were at the hospital, taking care of his father when I had to be out, having his father lose 45 pounds in about 2 months and seeing him very ill and on the edge of giving up. Once my husband recovered, I urged my son to go to counseling, as he'd been through a lot. He refused.
Now, at 14, he's been going through some teen issues. I urged him to get help and he refused again. Then a friend told a teacher she thought he was suicidal - he admitted that he'd thought about it. That enabled me to check him in at the hospital last night and he is going to be there at least a day or so, after which he has agreed, reluctantly, to attend whatever group/individual sessions they suggest.
Advice, insights, experiences, etc. welcome.