Have Mental Health Questions? Ask a Psychiatrist Online
Welcome, I am a professional counselor, Behavioral-Consultant and relationship expert.
I'd like to ask a few questions to better understand your situation and your question before answering. Is that ok with you?
I'll check back shortly for your response as I see you are currently offline.
yes thats fine
The first thing I have to concern my self with is the risk/talk of suicide you mentioned for your son? If he's talking suicide I would get him to a therapist ASAP for a risk assessment. I would also get him to your family doctor to do a full medical assessment and let the doctor know about your son's life interfering thoughts, talk and behavior.....
I'd recommend cognitive behavior therapy for him as well to help your son to effectively manage and positively change his negative thoughts and feelings...Let me get you a link:
This is what I mean by cognitive behavior therapy:
Sorry got disconnected for a minute...
A licensed therapist or mental health counselor will have basic training in grief counseling as well, which may be an indicated part of short term evidence-based treatment approach for your son....
The idea here would be to properly grieve and find healthy closure for the loss of his girlfriend and the relationship. A CBT therapist will also be able to do basic screening for problems like depression which may have been triggered by the relationship issue. It's very difficult to tell in this brief question and answer format what your son's condition is. Your doctor and a well trained CBT therapist can do the needed clinical interviewing and screening to cover all basis in terms of potential diagnosis, problem definition and treatment.
What are your thoughts here?
Here is a basic resource related to the grieving process:
I'll wait for your response.
I'm not sure if your at your computer. So I'll check back later for your response.
Thought I'd check back....
My son has had 2 50 minute sessions with a counsellor, would seeing his doctor for anti depressants be advisable because of the urgency of the problem?
I think seeing his doctor immediately is very important, both to rule out any physical/medical conditions that may be contributing to his symptoms and for immediate depression screening and risk assessment. It's outside of my scope of practice to prescribe or advise on medications directly, that fall's within a medical professional's role and is part of why I always advise in similar conditions to what you describe, to get to the family doctor as an important first step medically.
What was the outcome of the counseling session? What was discovered and advised? Was your son screened for depression and other potential contributing issues? Was a basic suicide risk/self harm assessment done?
Thanks for your help
These worst case scenarios are most often not applicable but screening needs to be done for safety sake.
I hope I've satisfactorily answered your presenting question. If so, please don’t forget to press the “Accept” button on your screen. If you feel I’ve missed something please let me know and I’ll do my best to improve my answer for you, before you pay. I can also opt-out if you'd like to get a second perspective from yet another mental health expert from our team. It's important that you not pay for an answer that is not acceptable to you, but also that you let me know how best to improve my answer for you.