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My 22 year old stepson has no interest in anything - no motivation.

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My 22 year old stepson has no interest in anything - no motivation. He goes to college, and gets mediocre grades, but basically just does what he's told, no more. Any thoughts on how to proceed?
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How long has he been a person with little motivation or drive to do more?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Since I've known him - about 6 years.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

His main activity when he's not going to school is to play computer games online, but he doesn't seem all that interested in those either - it's just a way to pass the time.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
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Hi there,
Thank you for writing in here.
I'll take over your question.

It sounds like your 22 year-old stepson exhibits no or low motivation for any activity except going to college and playing computer games.
I wonder if he is having some difficulty motivating himself for meaningful activities he likes.

He may try to see a counselor/psychotherapist OR life coach WEEKLY for 3-6 months or longer. He may have life coaching to find meaningful activity he enjoys, increase his motivation/purpose, plan for the future, and take constructive action.

For psychological counseling,
she may benefit from having a Cognitive-Behavior therapy (CBT). There are several ways to find a psychologist or psychotherapist with the specialty (life coaching or CBT) who takes his insurance.
He can call his insurance company and get a list of providers in his area.
Or he can try counseling at his college if there is a student counseling center.

Or, he can search a licensed psychotherapist or a counselor who provides life coaching 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 life coaching or motivation. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy or life coaching. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that he wants to work with – Male or female? Old or young? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So he can see it as an informational meeting. He can ask any question. He can also negotiate psychotherapy fee and number of sessions.

Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. Warm regards,

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