17 yr old teen, depressed, grades falling--Wilderness School?
Dear BPNers--- Please share your experience regarding a year -round school, maybe a wilderness based one (or parallel help while continuing in same school) for our depressed 17 year old, "I don't know" grandson. He lives with parents in SoCal; they're onboard for doing something more/different for him. Eric "was" a star pupil, excelling in the classroom and as an outstanding athlete (winning all sorts of ribbons, trophies, in both areas). Now he cares about neither. He was in the GATE and completed AP courses; now his grades plummet. There is no evidence of his using drugs, not even marijuana. NOTE: He went thru several years of headaches. None of the doctors he saw in Bay area and in SoCal ever found the cause. He sees a chiropractor, has tried acupuncture, cranial massage...
Oddly enough, before this huge change from being the star pupil/athlete behind the scenes husband & I found him to be rigid in everything--creepily so. He was sulky except when he'd do his fake, LOUD, laugh. Maybe it's his admitting to not-knowing anything that makes him seem more tender, yet some times explosive too. (PS: He refuses to take any kind of medication.).
-----Eric spends a lot of time doing computer games. Prefers to be alone..'though he will, occasionally, have friends over, but they play on computer together. He got an after-school job in a plant nursery, which he says he likes. Eric was seeing a therapist, but parents set it up so he only goes when he calls & makes the appt. (He hasn;t been in over a month.)
----Is there an all year 'round, educational, wilderness school you can recommend-- outside if California is ok--? Do you know of one that involves the care & relating to horses?
Thanks so much for your time..