Doctor Smurf Posted September 3, 2008 Share Posted September 3, 2008 Hi everyone! Background – around four years ago my mother collapsed randomly in a gym, spent several days in a coma, and subsequently made an almost full recovery, albeit with some loss of memory. There was never a diagnosis for how or why, but she has never quite been the same since. Over the last few years she’s become more and more reclusive, and only leaves the house when my father takes her out shopping, despite his best efforts. Both my parents are retired, and we live in a small holding so there’s no real “need” to go anywhere. A year ago my elder brother announced he had decided to join the Royal Air Force, a decision that didn’t meet any of us with particular favour. He’s closer than ever to leaving home to go on training, and along with other things my mother has become incredibly negative, depressed, and morbid. My father has always spoken to me about her, and said today that he can’t cope with it anymore on himself; he needs something to make it easier. When she was in hospital it was suggested she went on Beta Blockers, but she has always flat out refused medication, so we didn’t think that would help at all. She doesn’t seem to be mentally unwell at all, so we didn’t think seeing a psychiatrist would be appropriate either. In all, we have no idea what to do... any suggestions from you would be most welcome! Many thanks, Doc Smurf Link to comment
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