My mom has come to live with us, and I am feeling overwhelmed. She is mean and critical, nothing like she was when she was younger...

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Is she in the early stages of ALZ/dementia?? Is this why she is living with you now?
Have you tried to have a talk with her? This is a hard thing to do,
I know, especially when the other person is so full of angst.
Is she afraid, sometimes people get this way when they are very scared. Does she feel like her life is out of her control?
start the talk off with something very neutral, like something that happened " before" that was funny or light hearted. let her talk,
sometimes the best way to get some one to open up is to
"shut up" (sorry, i know that sounded harsh, it's a saying.)
I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.
Good Luck, hon! keep in touch, let us know how things are going.

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