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I am sorry to hear about your 24 year-old son's situation.
It sounds like he may have been depressed for several years as he has been socially withdrawn, has no job, unmotivated for an activity.
He may have to see his primary care doctor for a physical check-up to detect and rule out any medical condition.
If he is physically fine, he may need to work with a psychologist specializing in depression.
Depression can disrupt the nerve impulses that carry a constant stream of orders from the brain to the muscles. When the depressed brain slows down, so do the signals to all parts of body. Depression affects MEMORY, problem-solving ability, language, perception and is accompanied by nervous tension, anxiety
, and profound fatigue. It can generate pain and aches. If untreated over time, Depression may cause Psychosis
. Medical reasons for Depression may include thyroid hormone abnormality, Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Chronic pain, Stroke
’s disease, other medical problems such as kidneys, heart, lung, epilepsy, migraine headaches, brain injury. Malnutrition/brain damage can dull mood further. Excessive alcohol use may aggravate depression. Some medication can cause or contribute to depression. His doctor should know all the medication that he is taking.
I also advise him to see a psychotherapist/psychologist to express and process your feelings and thoughts and get advice and support WEEKLY.
A combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are considered to be effective to treat Depression.
Cognitive-behvaior therapy (CBT) will work for depression.
You may ask his doctor for a psychologist/psychotherapist that he can work with weekly. Or you may call his insurance company and get a list of providers in your area.
Or, you can search a licensed psychologist on internet- such as the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY website. Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/ppc/prof_search.php?iorb=4764) and enter your zip code and optional category of specialty such as Depression. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that he wants to work with – Male or female? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So you can see it as an informational meeting. You can ask any question and negotiate psychotherapy fee.
If he has no health insurance or seek a low fee counseling, you may call The United Way toll free # XXXXX (Dial 2-1-1)to find the community mental health centers in your area in which he can get counseling even without health insurance.
In addition, stress
reduction and relaxation techniques such as yoga, swimming, biofeedback, acupuncture, meditation
and massage therapy may be helpful for him to reduce stress and promote relaxation in his body.
If he refuses psychotherapy at the office, he may work with a psychotherapist online.
Some online sites like Breakthrough.com, and PsychologyToday.com have a list of licensed therapists who offer sessions via phone, Skype and online chat.
Also, there are support groups websites. The Daily Strength (www.dailystrength.org) offer support groups for people with a variety of problems including depression. He may join a support group if he prefers.
I hope your son gets help from his doctor, a psychotherapist, family and friends.
Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. Warm regards,
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