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My Mom seems to be depressed most of the time…She gets very evil, nasty & lashes out on her family…. She has made it unbearable…Every time a holiday rolls around she seems to get worst…. She seems depressed…. mad…. sad…tired…does not want to do anything…then complains she has nothing to do…bored etc.hates my dad.blames alot of her misery on him…She is miserable…. I’m telling her she needs to get help. Or at least start with her primary doctor…she needs to be diagnosed…. she has had a few losses in her life & has not been able to get over these situations…please help. Thanks.


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I am sorry you are going through this with your mom. Your insight about what she needs is correct. At the very least a trip to a primary care physician would be the right first step.

Explain to your mother that this would be a help to you because you are concerned about her, and know that she can’t be happy the way she feels. I would arrange for you and she to go together so you can be there as both a support and an advocate for treatment.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral


Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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