Our expert says:
He could indeed be depressed, and there are a number of other possibilities. A proper, full assessment by a local shrink would help to clarify what is going on. Work to convince him that it would be wise to see someone for advice, to help with the school and other problems. I hadn't rhought of martial arts as an option, but wonder whether he would welcome that suggestion any more ? It sounds, like most teens fixated on their computers, that they prefer inhabiting the virtual world, and ignoring the real world. Maybe if he saw it as a real-life equivalent of a computer game, perhaps ?
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