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20 year old brother , no motivation

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I would like your advice on my brother. He is 20 years old. He is very smart and did well in his first year of college. However, he failed out of his university and is now attending community college. He has the ability to succeed and do well, but he has no motivation to do so. His grades are up and down from being on the dean's list to failing classes. He is capable of passing, but he just doesn't put forth the effort. As you might guess he is very unhappy. He says he wants to succeed but he just can't find the motivation. He claims that he is unhappy in life but he is not depressed. I am worried that he is. The only time he seems to be happy is when he's with his friends. Is there a type of depression that goes along with these symptoms or does it just sound like he just going through a phase? Thanks for your help!

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replied August 13th, 2010
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Thanks for using this forum....

Its complicated at his age and telling him directly will yield no results..he needs a good company as peer pressure is quite high at this stage..if he resolves to study he can do it...the motivation has to come from family and friends...indirect suggestions and counselling can be used,even a help of psychiatrist can be taken...i think he will gradually improve...

take care\

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