The transition from adolescence into young adulthood can be difficult for some individuals. We see them move back home (or even live on their own), yet struggle to move forward or connect with new friends. As a result, they begin to isolate and withdraw from other people or meaningful activities and may begin to struggle with mood, anxiety and substance abuse. For many, they struggle to find a work/peer environment that replaces the structure they enjoyed in high school or college.
This does not mean, however, that they suffer from major depression or addiction. It may mean they are struggling to solve the problems at hand and that they are more vulnerable if they remain isolated or not engaged in meaningful and productive work.
As a parent, we may struggle with how to help the young adult move forward in life. We may feel obligated to offer them a place to live or offer them financial support. And for a short time, that may be a good strategy.However, if support is extended for too long, the emerging adult may develop sub-clinical mood and anxiety issues and turn to addictive substances to try and escape their uncertain future.
If you’re struggling with how to best support your emerging adult but feel you have nowhere to turn, please connect with us. We can help your son or daughter regain their independence and start back on their journey to a meaningful and productive life.