My mother is bipolar (manic-depressive). I just found out that she has not seen a psychiatrist to check on her medications in at least 10 years -- despite the fact that in the intervening time she has had multiple traumas (including the suicide of her only other child, my brother, a few years ago).
I don't know who to blame - I guess she just told her GPs that she was fine.
But recently she told my son that she thinks we will "kick her out", and the thought makes her suicidal.
Now, with coronavirus, the chance of getting her to see ANYONE in person for a medication evaluation seem pretty minimal.
Today she did something she does from time to time: she spent the whole day in bed, not even getting out of bed to take her dog outside.
Not getting up to get coffee or anything to eat.
I don't track her meds. I don't want to hover over her like that. But I think it is possible that she misses doses when she takes to her bed.
In fact, I have gradually come to see that she is an 'unreliable narrator' on a number of counts.
In short, I don't know how able she actually is to care for herself, but I am reluctant to step in and do more because she is very happy to do nothing at all to help herself. (This has always been her way, since before I can remember.)
Any words of advice? Anyone??