Throw mama from the train?
July 30, 2006 3:12 PM Subscribe
My mother has gone bonkers, but she won't admit it on her own. How can I help her get help?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
She is having all sorts of physical manifestations of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. They are so bad that she has been seeing doctors multiple times a week and has made four separate trips to the ER (with varying symptoms) in the last month. Trips to regular doctors and various tests yield no results.
She's been through a lot, and she has been in therapy on and off for years. Generally, she says therapy makes her feel worse (though she has never tried anything more result-oriented like cognitive behavioral therapy), and she refuses to go. She also won't take medication on a daily basis, so starting out with meds isn't going to work.
The whole thing has wreaked havoc on both our lives. She has stopped working and thus has no money. I've been spending all my time trying to get her affairs in order/chauffering her to doctors and hospitals. And I've gotten to the point where I'm just emotionally drained.
I'm dealing with the stuff on my end, but I need to find a way to make this situation improve. Any advice would be very appreciated.