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My son is depressed but won’t seek help

Jan 2nd, 2017 by

I can’t help him because he is 21 and has to self-refer, but he insists he is fine even though he has lost interest in most things

My 21-year-old son has been depressed since October, but refuses to get therapy. I saw his GP, but was told that, as he is 21, he should seek self-referral. At that time, he had just had a breakdown and was crying uncontrollably. He has since been a shadow of himself, has no appetite and in the evenings feels restless and tired. He is not on any medication. He has cut out his friends and feels uneasy when we go to any function other than church. He has lost interest in most things in life. There are just the two of us and it is beginning to take its toll on me. I have tried to talk him into therapy or counselling, but he insists he is fine. He is due back at university in January and I do not want him to lose his place.

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