Across the country, and indeed the entire western world, millions of parents are struggling to cope with children who lack direction, drive, or ambition. Earlier generations looked upon teenage apathy as a passing phase, but it seems to be expanding without limit. The phenomenon of ‘failure to launch’, in which young adults indefinitely put off establishing a career or forming a family has become so well known that there is even a movie about it. What parents are learning is that apathy is not ‘a phase’; if it’s not addressed it often gets worse and worse and can permanently destroy your son or daughter’s chances of succeeding in life.
How therapy can help a young person with apathy
It’s important to understand that apathy is a self-reinforcing cycle. When a young person is beset with thoughts telling him or her that it’s useless to try and easier just to give up, then they are likely to fall into unhealthy life habits. They usually develop irregular sleep patterns, neglect to provide themselves with proper nutrition and often experiment with alcohol or substance use. All of these makes their fundamental feelings of hopelessness worse, trapping them in a cycle of apathy. The longer they don’t do anything positive with their life, the more worthless they feel and the harder it is for them to make positive change.
Therapy can turn this vicious cycle around. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dr. Lefkowitz helps young people to challenge their automatic thoughts and change their way of thinking. Small changes to their daily routine can reverse the cycle of apathy and hopelessness and allow them to make positive choices, which gradually build up into a new direction. Therapy can give the apathetic young adult in your life a new sense of direction.
Reach out today
To find out more, or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with Dr. David Lefkowitz today. You can reach him by phone or by filling out the contact form.