How do I get my mom to get the therapy she needs?
December 17, 2010 2:48 PM Subscribe
How do I get my mom to see a therapist?
posted by msk1985 to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mother is a well-intentioned person, and took great care in raising me and my brother. Both of us have been out of the house for several years, and since then, my father and we have seen a steady decline in the quality of life for my mother. She does the basics around the house, but refuses to get involved in anything social, fitness-related, volunteer-related, school-related or work related, despite having all the support - emotional, mental, and financial - in the world from my father and from us. She is also very vehement about other people not doing things outside of the house, and immediately dismisses suggestions we make, such as taking a day-trip, having family friends over, or making improvements on the house. Her normal day consists of 3-4 hours of sleeping, a few hours of watching TV, and at least 3-5 hours of sitting on Facebook.
I'm guessing this behavior relates to some kind of social anxiety, depression, or fear of change. She refuses to acknowledge there is a problem, but it has been been difficult for my father to deal with this for so many years, and it's getting worse. My brother and I have been in the house for the past few months, and have been trying to get her to seek help. We will both be gone within a month, and I am worried about leaving without making sure she at least starts the process of getting help.
What should I do to get her to seek help? I feel like I have tried it all, but suggestions from similar experiences with a parent or elder would be great.