Any time a child of this age engages in behavior like this, something's wrong. You need to find out what's behind this, and do it quickly. It sounds to me like the boy is experiencing symptoms of depression, and if so, he needs HELP, and right away. Untreated clinical depression is the leading cause of suicide in both kids and adults, and people who experience depression have a 3 to 5 fold increase in their risk levels. Unless you want to come home one day and find your son unresponsive, or worse, get a phone call at work telling you that your son is in the ICU following a suicide attempt, then you need to take this SERIOUSLY and get him some help.
· 4 weeks ago