I have been my mother's sole caregiver for the past seven years. Initially, she was told she only had 12-18 months to live due to heart-related and other serious health issues, so I had her move in with me (I am a single male, 47 years old). I resigned myself to giving up much of my social and personal life for that time period to make sure she was comfortable, happy, safe, and to insure as pleasant a transition from life as possible. Fast forward to today and my mother is still alive and her dire health problems ended up being not-so-immediately-dire after all. However, her quality of life today is totally non-existent. She can hardly walk due to osteoarthritis, she is in the midst of pre-dementia, has major digestive problems, and her heart problems, while not taken her life, have gotten worse. Plus, she has become very depressed and spends most of her days either lashing out in anger or just sitting and crying. While I've cheerfully been there to help her every day and continue to do so, I'm feeling myself falling into a state of depression or hopelessness over her situation and my inability to really help her. I feel her pain and sadness and it's affecting me in my life as well. Plus, over these past seven years, I've lost a number of friends who haven't understood the time demands of my situation, plus I've hardly dated anyone during this time and people not understanding my situation and wanting no part of a "parent-living-with-son" situation. And now my temper is getting shorter and shorter and I'm now having stretches of time where I'm very depressed and wondering if there is any hope not just for my mom's situation but for my own situation and when and if I will ever be happy again. Can anybody help me with some ideas from your own personal experiences? I could use all the help I can get for my own mental health right now. Thank you.