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“My depressed son has lost his mojo”

Our agony aunt, Mary Fenwick, offers a new perspective on whatever is troubling you

Q My son has come home from university having finished his degree, and starting and then flunking out of a master’s. This was disappointing, but not the end of the world. Since his return, he seems to be lacking in motivation and ambition. I hoped he would want to make his mark on the world, but instead he seems content to laze around and earn nothing. He has also gained a lot of weight.

I know he is depressed and he has seen a doctor and is taking medication. I want to shake some sense into him and demand that he make something of himself after all the sacrifices I have had to make as a single mother. Name supplied

A Author JK Rowling says that for all her success, the thing she’s proudest of is her time as a single mother. It’s rare to get a pat on the back – in fact, I’m aware of a tendency to blame myself for whatever happens. Maybe we get so used to taking responsibility that it edges over into believing that it’s all down to us, all the time.

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About Psychologies

This month, we’re urging you to ‘trust yourself’. Wonderful words but, not especially easy to put into practice. That’s why we’ve dedicated 18 pages in our dossier to discovering how to do exactly that – exploring everything from to how to turn up the volume of our inner wise woman, to looking at the latest research on making the best decisions. And it’s not what you think. Be inspired and get ready to move forward. Plus, how to reinvent your career and 10 of the best budget boltholes.