My 26-year-old son is in trouble. He went to college and graduated. He had a very tough time at school in West Virginia almost to the point of having PTSD now.
In high school he was very bright and very kind, but went to a private school as a day student because he was bullied at the local high school. He began to have anxiety, anger and depression and we put him on medication. Then at college they stole the medicine and he couldn't get more because in West Virginia there is a huge drug problem, so he ended up taking himself off the medication and going into unhealty withdrawals. His anger seemed to begin to increase.
Then, once when he was home from college, he became violent and angry and I called the cops. They put him away for 2 weeks at a mental house and then said there was nothing wrong with him. This was horrible. Back at school more anger and depression, doesn't fit in and gets kicked out of fraternity. So he graduated feeling alone and left out. Now he has been home from college for 2 years.
We have tried everything to help him but he won't accept any of it. No counseling, no medicine, no hope, no friends, no job. He still gets angry and we just deal with it until it passes and then he is sorry. I do think it started many years ago and we just didn't see how serious it was. He did have a couple of counselors in high school, but they all said he was great.
I don't know how to keep him invested in the outside world as he is becoming more reclusive and old friends think he is a loser. I read as much as I can but none of it is helpful. Not even prayers! We've tried everything.
So yes he is depressed and won't accept help. I fear suicide and he has said he wants to be dead. I cry when he says this and then sometimes later he apologizes. Since he won't accept outside help I need to be the one to help him (and my husband). What can I do?