Our expert says:
Such a family history of suicide must ALWAYS be taken seriously. And combined with a history of chronic depression such as is uncommon in someone so young, there is no doubt that he should be seen by a really good local psychiatrist, maybe a child psychiatrist, for a full assessment and advice. Personally, I would like to see medication tried, but combined with CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which would help him learn to psychologically deal with the depression and reduce its power over him. I wouldn't delay such a consultation any longer, as he has probably been at significant risk for years, and it must have been a miserable break on his childhood. With proper treatment his chances of a longer and happier life should be significantly enhanced.
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