Failure to Launch: Finding Hope for Struggling Young Adults

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December 1, 2014

Hope means possibility – possibility for change, possibility for happiness, possibility for something better than what currently is. Hope can be a driving force to create change, it can increase motivation, and it can be the very thing that turns stagnation into movement forward and possibly lasting change. Many of our participants have lost hope over years of experiencing disappointments,

Failure to Launch: Discovering Your Personal Path

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November 21, 2014

Once there was a little girl who had dreams of becoming a doctor, a ballet dancer, and the president all at the same time. What she didn’t know at that age was that she would need skills, successes, and support to help her achieve those goals. Fast-forward eighteen years, and this little girl is now struggling at college. While once

Defining Success & Failure to Launch

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November 18, 2014
Defining Success & Failure to Launch

“You’re a loser!” “You’re pathetic!” “You can’t do anything right!” Negative self-talk often accompanies a lack of self-confidence. Lack of self-confidence can result from any number of stimuli, and one of the more common of these is a perceived lack of success. Perceived lack of success and failure are basically the same with one critical difference: one’s viewpoint. Failure is

Failure to Launch Syndrome: Overcoming a Lack of Clear Direction

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November 10, 2014

There was probably a time in your life when you had a lack of a sense of direction. You had a general idea of what you wanted but needed that extra push to get there. Whether it was school, career, or even volunteer-wise, you knew what general direction you wanted to head but didn’t have an adviser or that extra

You Are Your Choices, Even the Ones You’re Afraid to Make

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November 6, 2014

As I attempt to expand on psychologist Barry Swartz’s work on the ‘Paradox of Choice,’ I am aware that you could spend the next three minutes online reading about any topic you could imagine. Entering those three words quoted above into a search box, I am met with 3.7 million results right at my fingertips; all potentially better or more

Gap Year: Reframing Time Spent In Treatment & the Opportunity for Exploration

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October 23, 2014
Gap Year: Reframing Time Spent In Treatment & the Opportunity for Exploration

One of the biggest challenges that our participants face while in treatment is what to say when someone asks where they have been and what have they been doing. While some are comfortable sharing their personal stories, most are not ready to disclose this information to prospective employers, college review boards, and even close friends and family members. Since our

Failure to Launch: Should You Take a Gap Year between High School and College?

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October 9, 2014

Certainly, the transition from high school to college is challenging enough. Add to it a possible complication and distraction of depression or anxiety, a learning or a psychiatric disability, and a young adult and his or her parents often will need additional support. The young adult may be experiencing what is referred to as a “failure to launch,” and the

Avoidant Personality Disorder as a Cause for Failure to Launch Syndrome

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August 1, 2014
Avoidant Personality Disorder as a Cause for Failure to Launch Syndrome

Avoidant personality disorder (APD) is classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as showing obvious avoidance of relationships and interactions with other people due to an extreme fear of being rejected. It is often accompanied by feelings of inferiority, low self-esteem, and feeling like they cannot trust others, per the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders. According to the

Should You Let Your Adult Son or Daughter Move Back Home?

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August 1, 2014
Should You Let Your Adult Son or Daughter Move Back Home?

Currently, nearly 14 million young adults are still living at home with their parents, according to Dr. Phil. Determining whether or not you want to be — or should be — part of that statistic is tricky, and if you aren’t careful, feelings can be hurt. More often than not, the reasons a grown child desires to move home are

The Reasons Why More Young Adults Are living With Their Parents

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July 31, 2014
The Reasons Why More Young Adults Are living With Their Parents

While it is the opinion of many — mostly from older generations — that today’s youth are lazy and unappreciative of their parents’ generosity, failure to launch syndrome is a real problem that needs to be treated as such. The Greater Good at the University of California, Berkeley states that those born after 1978 are widely considered to be flaky