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My mother is 82 years and was in the habit of shouting for a very long time since we were young. We would wake up to her shouting and had to go to sleep after her. She would nag the father and then the children. She would not let the father sleep in their bed and would throw him out of the room. When visitors come, she would ridicule all of us and laugh mostly taking the father to task.


Now it has become worse. She doesn't shout but screams for anything and everything. From the father to children to grand children and even the neighbours. She would change the topics so that she could go on. She now speaks filth as well. Even when having meals wont stop.


She screams so loud most of the time we can't understand what she says.


If we try to cook she would say that we are trying to throw her out.


She says she wants to live alone and for us to go and drop her at a home. If we agree (not that we have) she would twist the story.


Now our relations don't visit us anymore because of her making fun at all of us.


She has only a few friends left. She speaks to them in a very loving way. Even people she meets outside tell us what a lovely mother we have.


She even breaks things at home now.


She has a severe hearing disorder on top of all these.


Is there anything that could be done?

I've sent you a private message with a link, just to get you started :)
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Raja, I hope that you persist in getting your mother some relief from her illness, and your father from the abuse the illness is causing.
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Where in Sri Lanka are you? One of the major towns or cities or somewhere more isolated?

The regulations will be different from the US, of course; but I think you should still have access to the full range of advanced medical and psychiatric services if you know where to look for them, no?

I realise that the cultural sensitivities will be very different, too; but that doesn't mean that nothing can be done to help your family, your mother and your father. Don't give up!
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Rajapaksa May 2, 2019
I live just 12km's South of Colombo called Mt-Lavinia. Yes, it will be a very different view that people will have over this sort of issue.

Have to talk with family members and see.

Thank you very much to all for the advice.
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Raja; I'm so sorry that in your country there is much shame connected with getting treatment for mental illness. It is true is many parts of the U.S. as well.

It takes brave family members to stand up and face the twin evils of superstition and gossip; our family member is in pain and needs help. The help is out there in the form of medication.

Please reach out and get help for mom, and for dad.
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I have talked to my daughter, an RN, about the Baker act. She says its not easy to implement. Health insurance gets involved. Will they pay the 72 hrs. So, check out was is involved with getting this done.
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Rajapaksa Apr 30, 2019
Thank you very much for the advice. But, I'm from Sri Lanka and the regulations are completely different.
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There are meds that can calm her....with the hope of making life more bearable for all involved. If there are medical resources nearby, get her there ASAP. If she screams, then let her. Mental health professionals are trained to deal with this.....do not be intimidated by her behavior. Your sanity and well being are a priority. She clearly is suffering from a mental deficiency.
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Rajapaksa Apr 30, 2019
Thank you very much for the advice.
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If you think that your mother will die in a nursing home and that taking her to see a medically qualified doctor who specializes in mental illness will make her scream (and therefore you can't do it), then I guess you're stuck.

You need to realize that the mentally ill person SHOULDN'T be running the show; the folks who are competent should be doing so and making good decisions so that the mentally ill person can get treatment and be at peace.

Until you can break out of the mental prison that your mother has put you in, you're correct, there is nothing that you can do.

Are you in South Asia?
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Rajapaksa Apr 30, 2019
Yes, South East Asia, Sri Lanka. We did not take her because of the shame. Now it is becoming unbearable.

Appreciate very much the advice and spending your time.

Thank you.
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Your mother is mentally ill. Has she ever physically abused you, your father or siblings? Is there anything that can be done? Yes. The next time that Mom goes off the rails on the Crazy Train, call 911. Tell them you don’t feel safe and she needs to be removed, Baker Acted and either institutionalized or medicated for her mental illness. Then get yourself and your family some therapy. Why have you tolerated her behavior all this time? This is not normal behavior.
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Rajapaksa Apr 30, 2019
Thank you very much for your reply.

My father is 92 years and does everything by himself. He most of the time pretends he did not hear her telling him things to do which makes my mother worse.

Physical abuse was there when we were younger, but it was the father who underwent abuse very much. Even today he does not want to take her to a doctor in this regard.

She did a lot of abuse to my elder sister. She even put her out of the home one late evening and the father had to take her to a relatives house for the night.

When I was 10yrs, after a fight she took me and got separated in a room in the same house. I was not allowed to talk with any family member for almost two month.

She once tried to set herself on fire in front of all of us. Recently also she told that she'd commit suicide.

My father says she'll not be able to live if we take her to an institution. They have been married for over 60 years.

We can not take her to a psychiatrist as it will make her scream more.

I have heard there are medications that could be given. With her age will these work or will it affect her health?

This is just a sum up that I have given. If every thing that she has done is to be written, this pages will not be enough.

Thank you.
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Where are you and the family living?

What does your father want to do?

If you would agree that he has been the victim of domestic abuse over many decades, take it seriously and research support services in your area from that point of view.

Your mother does need help too, she deserves help, but it sounds as though your father is the one who needs protection first. And it might be easier to get both of them the help and services they need if you go about things that way round.
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Rajapaksa Apr 30, 2019
Thank you very much for the answere. Pls do look up the reply on Ahmijoy.
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Has your mother been evaluated by a psychiatrist? Her long-standing behaviors (shouting all the time, being mean and belittling) sound like symptoms of mental illness.
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Rajapaksa Apr 30, 2019
Thank you very much for the advice. Pls do look up for my answer to Ahmijoy. Thank you.
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