Resources needed - School Refusal / School Avoidance / Anxiety
Seeking advice, referrals, experience, etc. in helping our child (15 years old) who will not leave the house, go to school or see a therapist due to what appears to be anxiety. (likely body dysmorphia, depression and sleep disorder issues, as well) Unfortunately, I can't get my child to leave the house to meet with a doctor or therapist.
He is sweet and kind; no oppositional or defiant behavior, no drug or alcohol use, etc. He wants to change but has not been able to do it on his own and neither have we. This has been going on for quite sometime and was exacerbated the pandemic. We'd really like to find a way to help him without resorting to residential treatment. We would be open to an outpatient setting but we can't get him to leave the house, so we're at a loss of what to do.
The thought of having outside professionals forcefully dragging my anxious child out of our home against his will and placing him in a residential treatment facility is heart breaking. If that's what we have to do to help him, we will do whatever it takes but it's my hope that he can be treated at home to begin with, then build up to leaving the house but still live at home. We'd we'd like to exhaust all other resources before resorting to residential.
Your resources and advice are deeply appreciated.