Posted by: mmamy | 2010-02-25

Concerned about nephew

Nephew, 19, whose mom died when he was 2 has dropped out of school at grade 11 2 years ago, lost weight, sleeps too much, lost interest in himself, self pity and feels neglected even though as a family we are providing everything we can, He cant take charge of his life and is indecisive of his future. Your advices and referral will be appreciated.

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Hi there,

It sounds as if he is depressed and I would recommend that he has an assessment with a psychiatrist, and also psychotherapy.

I am not sure where you are in South Africa, a good place to start is to ask your family doctor for a recommendation for a psychiatrist and a therapist who specialise in working with young people.

He needs help as by withdrawing depression gets worse.

Best wishes

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