This is my first post. Not entirely sure whether Parent Emeritus is the right forum or whether I should post to General a Parenting. My son will be 18 in January. My 17 yr old son is clinically depressed, sees a therapist, refuses to admit he has any problem, refuses medication or any other treatment. He goes to the therapist because we ask him to, he says, but also says it's a waste of money. He's ridiculously bright, raised overseas in several different countries, and I could go on here, but the bottom line is this: he has become immersed in philosophy, reading dozens of books. He has adopted the theory that we (everyone...) are all fools for engaging in the social constructs like school and employment that are coercive and controlling. There should be no obligations. The nuclear family should be disbanded as a social group. Nothing is authentic. No one should have to work yet everything should be provided. There is little logic to what he espouses. He refuses to do homework and barely made it through 11th grade. He has tried to run away from home at least three times since March. He says he wants to live on the streets, money is irrelevant, and that going back to school will be a nightmare. We are at our wits end trying to figure out what has happened to our son, and how to help him. 53 yr old mom married to a fabulous man. We have three boys, ages 22, 20, and 17.