“Failure to Launch” Syndrome

Do you have an adult child still living at home, long after you expected them to move out?

Are you an adult who spends lot of time playing video games, or spending time online instead of developing real-world relationships with others?

Have you been annoyed or irritated by others asking you when you will "get out there"?


More and more young adults (typically ages 17-26) struggle with a phenomenon known as "Failure to Launch" syndrome. While not an actual diagnosis, Failure to Launch syndrome refers to young adults who have struggled or failed to transition into adulthood. It is related to a number of interpersonal factors and typically can be related to some anxious or depressive symptoms like fear of rejection. Definitely not a joke, as popularized by certain motion pictures, this is a series of symptoms that most often include social anxiety, negative thoughts about ones self and feeling un-motivated. Most of all, this is typically not the first choice of lifestyle for the individual, it is a function of self protection.

Young adults with this syndrome may lag behind their peers in completing schooling or maintaining employment and they might struggle to develop or maintain peer relationships. They may still live at home and spend an inordinate amount of time on social media or playing video games. They might spend more time online and less time cultivating relationships with peers in their geographic area. Are certain plans not lining up as expected and now there are no efforts to move on? If your adult child lacks confidence, has little to no work ethic and lacks goals or motivation, they may be suffering from Failure to Launch syndrome. Talk with them and encourage them to contact us today for a consultation. You may call together to discuss and Counseling SDC has family sessions available.

If you have social anxiety, low tolerance for stress, and struggle to assume adult responsibilities, you might benefit from a consultation. We can discuss some of the fears that are holding you back from the future experience you desire.

Counseling SDC has short-term solution focused counseling plans for you. Counseling can help increase confidence and improve communication. With counseling young adults can learn to initiate relationships with others, network with peers and increase support systems outside the family.

Use your skills to your advantage

Increase motivation

Develop anxiety coping strategies

Ease depressive symptoms

Control agitation

Build personal life structure

Finish your goals

and start developing real world relationships


If you or your adult child is struggling with Failure to Launch syndrome, Counseling SDC can help.