My mom is horribly depressed and just can't seem to get moving. What can I do to help her?
I'm brand new here, but just really needing to talk to SOMEONE who "gets" what I"m going through. I'm 31 and the mom of 2 great daughters and the wife to a great husband. I'm also the daughter of a wonderful mom, but I'm starting to get really frustrated with her as well.
My dad passed away 4 years ago and at the time my mom was living in NH near my brothers. After about a year and a half she decided to move to Kansas to be closer to me and my daughters which has honestly been wonderful. I love my mom and am really glad that she moved here, however... (there's always a catch)... In the past 6 months life has gotten a lot harder. My mom is probably on the younger side for parents on this site at 62, but in Nov. she was rushed to the ER with an inability to breathe. She really scared the crap out of me and I honestly thought that I'd be preparing for her funeral. Thankfully she recovered but they discovered that she had a faulty mitral valve as well as needed a heart bypass, which she received in Feb. Since she has gotten out of the hospital, after a second hospitalization for a GI bleed it has just been HARD.
She is horribly depressed and just can't seem to get moving. I honestly don't know what to do. I want to be there for her, but I get so frustrated when I go over to her house. She just doesn't seem to want to "help herself". It gets so that I almost cringe when I see her number on caller id because it's depressing me to be around her. Both of my brothers are helping as much as they can, but living in NH makes it difficult.
I just feel VERY conflicted. I have 2 young children and a very busy lifestyle, so I'm not always able to be over at my moms right when she wants/needs me. I do as much as I can but then feel guilty because I'm neglecting my own young family.
I just don't know what to do or how to help her. Any advice is VERY welcome and just having a supportive place to vent is beyond helpful. Thank you all for reading this far :)