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Good response. As a mental health professional who does not have prescription ability I often discuss medication with clients.

It’s not uncommon for teens to want to try without medication. Giving him the opportunity to share what his thoughts and feelings are is helpful, yet difficult.

As moms and adults we want them to learn from “our wisdom”. We see the risks and benefits.

It may not sound rational to us but to the individual they have a reason for wanting a break. Remember pre frontal cortex is still developing so don’t expect consistent responsible behavior.

It might be a comment he overheard or some association he’s made with “psych meds”.

Hopefully there is an objective supportive mental health professional or healthcare person who can validate his opinions, help him understand the risks and have a back up plan if certain symptoms surface.

So scary and not uncommon.