- Feb 13, 2010
I am dating a man who is nearly 24 years old, but alot of the time acts like a 12 year old boy and is nearly incapable of doing anything for himself. He is emotionally immature, still looking for that "puppy love" most of us grow out of at his age. He is also very depressed and suffers from great anxiety. He had a bad chlidhood, his mom had him at 16, almost died from breast cancer and then became an alcoholic, and his mom also always told him his dad hated him and that he was a failure and incapable of doing anything right. He is an amazing person, and I think he is very strong, but he has very many issues. I was wondering if the childlike behavior around me, who is also 23 but who he calls very maternal and "mother-goose" is a coping mechanism? Is this common? How should I help him...can I help him?