Our expert says:
it sounds as if you are being held to ransom by your son by what he is saying. However, you also cannot afford to not take him seriously as teenagers can be impulsive and this includes suicidal acts. What I strongly suggest is that you seek help from a mental health expert - either a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. This way you can have the problem assessed and make it clear to your son that you are taking it seriously, and also that these threats are not acceptable. As part of this help I would recommend family therapy so that what everyone says is out in the open. You need to reclaim your position as parents as currently his threats are making you fearful of parenting in the way you would like to. This needs to change!
So please contact your family doctor who should be able to recommend a mental health professional to you. By keeping it a 'secret' in the family he remains powerful - too powerful and that has to change.
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