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Son concerns

Doctor KarenBy Dr. Karen Palmer
Son concerns

Dear Karen,

I am worried about my son.

He is 15 years old and his attitude has changed over the last year or so.

He’s slipping in school and hasn’t opened up to me.

Where do I go from here?

KAREN SAYS:

The teenage years can be difficult for everyone in the family!

I think when you took the time to contact me here, you definitely need to do something about this.

Your instincts are telling you that all is not well so there is some issue troubling your son.

The problem could be circumstantial or it may be medical. Is he happy in his school?

Is he worried about exams? What kinds of lads is he hanging around with and are they supportive of him?

He needs to open up to someone about what’s troubling him? Do you feel he may be depressed?

Is there a possibility that he is using drugs or other substances?

Is he otherwise unwell in any way? Is there any history of psychiatric illness in the family?

I think you need to get on his case, talk to his form tutor in school.

There must be some family member that he is close to that can approach him; Use your GP if you think that route may help. If all else fails-sit down with him and tell him you are worried about him; reflect back to him his recent behaviour and give him a chance to talk to you.