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Not quite sure as to where to start, but I'll make this as brief as I can. My son is 17, and started 6th form in September. He is bright, and outwardly appears to be fine. However, I have the distinct feeling that he is anything but, and I am uncertain as to whether he is suffering from depression and/or has an eating disorder.
I went into his room today to do a quick vacuum - I generally let him clean up his mess, and get into his room once a fortnight. I pulled out his bed and found a load of uneaten food in various stages of decay. This isn't the first time - last time it was a few sandwiches he'd not eaten at school for lunch.
There were empty wrappings of food he had eaten - namely chocolate and crisp wrappers. He does eat at mealtimes, as we sit down and eat together. He is 5"11 and weighs 8 stone, so is quite slight.
The other thing that worries me is that for quite some time he has been pulling out his eyelashes. It went unnoticed by me at first, but I couldn't fail to notice when he had plucked the majority of them out. He has told me that he doesn't notice that he is actually doing it. I'm aware there is a term for this sort of thing - whereby people usually pull out their hair.
In the past, I've suggested to my son that we take him to see our GP, but he is adamant that he does not want to see anyone.
I'd like to hear your thoughts please, especially if you have experienced this sort of thing. Should I just go ahead and make an appointment, or do I just wait and hope that this is just a phase that he'll grow out of? The latter perhaps seems naive.
Get him to a GP - his BMI is in the bottom 1%. Anything under 2% in a child/young adult is medically concerning. Maybe speak to GP on the phone first, then get him to speak to him/her on his own, assuming you can get him there.