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My Mom Is Depressed and I Want to Know How to Help

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Thank you so much for looking at my problem.  Im very close with my mom and I love her so much.. Lately she has been very sad and emotional (Not her period). My mom and dad don’t talk that much or see each other that much due to his work schedule of one permanent job and the other time working for his parents. He leaves the house at 4:30am even sometimes and doesn’t come home until 10 or 11pm. Shes been married to my dad for 20+ years.Has been a mom for that much time as well. I think She feels very lonely and just she has too much pressure on her. (She has 6 kids). I will say that my mom has played both roles in my life as a mother and father. i kind of understand why she is so depressed and upset all lately for the past two weeks especially. I am very close with my mom  so that’s why its very hard to see her like this. She also does suffer from chronic headaches often. I don’t know if this helps she she did suffer from anorexia when she was younger. We don’t fight often because I try to be on my best behavior to keep the pressure of my mom(THIS IS TRUE). My sisster is sometimes very demanding and bossy to my mom. She yells at my mom a lot. My other sister has a lot of attuiude.My Older brother who lives a home does help around the housebut is always on his phone.My little brother is a good boy ut sometimes doesnt listen always andin a way I feel like I am playing a parent role in his life. Before these past weeeks this she would be very normal but on  some of the others days she would be angry and upset a lot and would get mad at me for things I didnt even do. Also has said some very hurtful things in the past (mean things), which I do forgive her for.SHe says we all blame her for things .She  always kind of speaks negative about her self. She says “I am done with this” all the time and means it and “I can’t do it, i’m going to leave” a LOT. SHe says that many people blame her for stuff and she doesnt like. My sisters do not help clean the house which is a 3 bed 2 bath. theres four others living here besides me . Three of them don’t do a darn thing not even a dish. We made a cleaning schedule and they don’t even do there days of cleaning. It all falls on my mom. She also says she wants to be left alone a lot and really doesn’t want to socialize. I feel very bad for her because she does have lots of presuure on her and just dont know what  to do because it makes me very sad to see her sad all day long. I love her to death and i just need advice and help to get my mom back to normal!  Thank you so much and so sorry to bug you! (age 14, from US)

My Mom Is Depressed and I Want to Know How to Help

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Thank you for writing in with your question. It is very clear to me that you care a great deal for your mother and are worried about her. I’m sorry that she seems to be going through a rough time right now. Since it has only been a couple weeks that you have noticed a more severe change in her mood, it could be that she is just not feeling well and may pull out of it. It does sound like she has a lot on her plate raising 6 children with your father not being around much. She probably gets tired and overwhelmed. However, keep in mind that your father isn’t at home much because he is working to support the family. And though it may not be ideal, this may be an agreement that your parents have between them.

I appreciate your concern for your mother and know you want to help her if you can, but I want to remind you that you are the child and she is the adult. She is the one in the role of looking out for you and your siblings and making sure your needs are met.  It is not your job to take care of her. Your job is to go to school, help out at home, and enjoy this very important part of your life.

I think you should talk to your mom about your concerns and let her know how much you care. I also think you should talk to your father about what you have observed. It may help if you tell him that you miss him and appreciate what he does for the family but wish he could be home more often. If you think your mom is getting worse, it may be helpful to go to family counseling where you can bring up your concerns in a safe environment.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

 

My Mom Is Depressed and I Want to Know How to Help

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). My Mom Is Depressed and I Want to Know How to Help. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 25, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2015/12/12/my-mom-is-depressed-and-i-want-to-know-how-to-help/
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