Teenager with Repetitive and Suicidal Thoughts

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14 May 2019, 7:38 am

My teenage, ASD son has been suffering with repetitive thoughts about religion for 6 months now. He has become so obsessed with it, that it is affecting his sleep and he has even become suicidal. He can’t make up his mind whether he believes in God or not and it is creating a conundrum in his head. He obsesses over this all day.

We are very supportive on what he wants to decide about God and do not try to persuade him either way, however this mindframe doesn’t seem to help him. He also has Oppositional Defiant Disorder which makes trying to help him even more challenging.

He has become very angry with me (his mom) because I can’t seem to help him. I’ve tried everything: distractions, mental exercises, therapy, etc, but he keeps falling back into his issues.

We just tried Zoloft last night and it seemed to actually keep him up all night. It’s 5 am now and he has been obsessing and obsessing. I’ve tried getting him to watch movies or do a crossword puzzle, but to no avail.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what helped you get through it?

Thank you for you help!


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14 May 2019, 8:42 am

I just responded to your post in the General Discussion. Feel free to PM me if you want to talk. I can totally identify with how he’s feeling and have been there myself!

It’s extremely unpleasant!

If he’s threatening suicide and has a plan in mind, he might need to go inpatient. He may also need some as-needed anxiety medication to get him through this time of crisis.

As a mom, I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you!

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15 May 2019, 5:44 pm

Sorry, but it's not allowed to post duplicate threads. Since the one in GAD has more replies, I'll lock this one.

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