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I Think My Mom Is Depressed What Can I Do To Help
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
Some ideas: 1. Have your mom consult w/ a psychologists. I would want to rule out other mental health issues that look like depression (i.e. Dementia). 2. Help her improve her social life - feeling connected is one way to combat depression. 3. Activity - do an activity together walk, dance, stretch, etc. 4. Validate her feelings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is she getting help?: Encourage your mother to start with a medical evaluation by a physician. A doctor can not only assess for a mood disorder but can also check for underlying medical conditions that may be the cause of depressive symptoms. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Psychiatric medications may be indicated. ...Read more
12 Step Meetings.: The first thing you can to do to help her is to take care of yourself. Encourage you to attend alanon meetings (or alateen depending on age). It will teach you about tough love and coping, when you love someone who is alcoholic. Encourage your mother to attend alcoholics anonymous. You could even go to an open meeting with her. But don't be surprised if she declines. Sometimes we just plant seeds. ...Read more
I want to tell my mom i think i'm depressed but don't want to tell her because she might think she failed as a mom to make sure her child is happy or something around that. Any advice on what to do?
You just did it well: Your words here sound like a good way to do it. If you start with how much you care about her not feeling bad - reassure her that you are not blaming her - it might be much easier to say that even so, you'd like some help with symptoms that really need professional help in addition to a mother's caring and concern. That doesn't sound to bad to me - and i'm a mother. ...Read more
Consider encouraging: Her to seek evaluation by an addiction medicine specialist or an addiction psychiatrist. She may need dual treatment for her alcoholism and for her depression. Attending alcoholics anonymous would provider her support and the benefits that come with a 12 step group. ...Read more
I'm 16, depressed, and my mom refuse to get me help! should I try st.John's wort? I have asthma, but that is it. I'm desperate for relief!
I think mom has depression, what signs can I look for? Shes very difficult to talk to so how can I help her without a professional around?
Care and Concern: It is sometimes hard to talk to family members about feelings and emotions. I would encourage you to be patient for a time when things are relatively peaceful and calm. Then, just share your conncerns in a simple and gentle way. Remember, you cannot be responsible for how your mother reacts - just stay focused on showing her that you care about her and want to suport her. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Talk about it: In an emergency, call 9-1-1. If it hasn't reached that point yet, talk to her about her depression and ask her if she has thoughts of suicide. Tell her to call her doctor right away and get the help she needs. If she doesn't get help and you're still worried, talk to a trusted family member. If no one is available, talk to a teacher, or school counselor. Again, when in doubt call 9-1-1. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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