You listed your occupation as “homeless.” I hope that you are able to find a stable place to live.
Regarding your son, your concerns are warranted. His symptoms indicate that something is wrong. It is clear that intervention is needed.
His living situation seems chaotic. He may be reacting to his environment. He may also be experiencing the early signs of mental illness. His staying up all night, his bizarre behavior and isolation are potential signs of a variety of mental illnesses and are probable signs of depression.
His lack of attendance at school has likely been noticed. If they haven’t already, either the school social worker or the school psychologist will likely attempt to intervene. If not, you can speak to them directly and perhaps they can assist you in trying to help your son.
This might sound counterintuitive, but you might want to contact the local child welfare agency. They can come to the home, assess the situation and help your family acquire the necessary resources.
Another possibility is to call the local mental health crisis team. They can come to the home, assess your son’s mental health and determine what type of treatment is necessary.
I hope that you and your son are able to access the appropriate resources. Intervention is needed sooner rather than later. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle