Help me help Mom.
October 11, 2012 3:50 PM Subscribe
Mom is depressed. She has always been depressed. Is there anything I can do to help? If not, how do I cope?
posted by anonymous to human relations (9 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to speak in generalities because I would hate for this to get back to her, but as far back as I can remember, my mother has been seriously unhappy. Now that she's retired, she spends most of her day in bed. Dad tries to help, but he's out of his league. Mom goes to a psychiatrist and is on anti-depressants. She tried talk therapy but did not like it. She never knows what she wants, only what she doesn't want. She's got crippling social anxiety. She doesn't have friends or hobbies. To me, it seems like a big part of the problem is that she never really figured out who she is (but I'm not a psychologist, just her child).
The thought she may spend the rest of her life like this is terrifying. If you've been through a similar situation, how did things improve? And if things didn't get better, how did you manage?
Thank you in advance.