Hi, Thanks for your response. Let me say I can imagine how worried and anxious you must have been about your son's condition. It sounds like he may have symptoms of mild depression and/or anxiety
. His difficulty focusing is a sign of anxiety. It is common for people of his age may go through emotional distress after finishing high school when they may have to start taking new responsibilities.
In any case, he may need to see his primary care physician for a physical check-up to detect and rule out any medical condition that may cause depression and/or anxiety. Then, if he is physically fine, he may need to see a counselor/psychotherapist OR life coach WEEKLY for 3-6 months or longer. If he is resistant to psychological counseling, he may have life coaching to increase his self-confidence, motivation/purpose, plan for the future, and take constructive action.
For psychological counseling,
he may benefit from having a Cognitive-Behavior therapy (CBT). CBT is a most effective therapy for anxiety and depression. There are several ways to find a psychologist or psychotherapist who takes your insurance.
You can call your insurance company and get a list of providers in your area. Or, you 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 anxiety, depression or life coaching. 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 you can see it as an informational meeting. You and he can ask any question. You can also negotiate psychotherapy fee and number of sessions. If you seek a low fee counseling or have no health insurance, you may call The United Way toll free # 211 to find the community mental health centers in her area in which she can get counseling even without health insurance. Additionally,
he may benefit from attending a support group for young adults. To find a group therapy or a support group for herself, contact a local hospital or a clinic by asking if they offer a group for people with depression.
If you like to find a support group online, check Mental Health America website section (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/find_support_group) - Find a group in your area. Also,
you may encourage him to try some or all of the following to improve his mood - 1. Exercise moderately, but regularly, 2. Eat healthy but delicious meals, 3. Regularize your sleep cycle, 4. Don't drink to excess or abuse drugs, 5. Spend some time every day in play, 6. Develop recreational outlets that encourage creativity, 7. Distance yourself from destructive situations or people, 8. Practice mindfulness meditation
, or walk, or an intimate talk, every day, 9. Allow yourself to feel pride in your accomplishments, 10, Listen to compliments and expression of affection, 11. Build and use a support system, 12. Pay more attention to small pleasures and sensations, 13. Yoga, meditation, Acupuncture, Guided imagery, and massage therapy may help. I hope your son gets help and support from a counselor or a life coach, his doctor, family and friends.
Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. P.S. Please remember to click the green accept button. Feel free to continue the discussion even after you press the accept button; my goal is to get you the best answers possible. Warm regards,