Like so many others who claim to be transgender, our young adult son is a loner, gifted, introverted, socially awkward, on the Autism spectrum, diagnosed with depression and spends too much time on the internet on sites such as Reddit and Deviant Art and video games. To the unsuspecting eye, these sites appear benign. While he was in high school, we had knock down battles with him over the amount of time spent on the internet. Had we really known what was going on, his story might have been SO much different. He was on the high school wrestling team and took great pride in his appearance and style; he dated numerous girls. He did however experience depression and was on Prozac. We did have access to his doctor and diagnosis. Nothing ever came up about being transgender or suicidal.
Fast forward to his junior year at a private university where he was excelling yet again the depression returned. He sought mental health care from a licensed professional counselor at his university who referred him to a private LPC. He was prescribed Pristiq. We voiced many concerns about the safety of this medication. We asked him if he liked this new counselor and he said yes. Wanting to respect our son’s privacy, we didn’t ask about the cause of his depression; we thought it was related to his fears about