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Adulting 101: Understanding Failure-to-Launch and How to Overcome It

October 10, 2017|Clinician’s Corner|

You've surely heard the stereotypes of recent and not-so-recent college graduates who move home, mooch off their parents' groceries and have little motivation to pursue a career. While the stereotypes can be comical, the reality of the situation has become so common that clinicians have developed language to describe this dilemma that faces parents and their older children. What is failure-to-launch? Failure-to-launch syndrome, while not a clinical diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is a term commonly used to describe an adult who struggles to manage the transition to independent adulthood. Failure to launch syndrome tends [...]