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How do I talk to my mom about her depression?

My family has always been the "keep a stiff upper lip" type of family, feelings are not discussed and it is expected that any emotional or mental difficulties are to be overcome and not dwelled upon. I've noticed that mom seems down and scared a lot of the time. I have been on antidepressants for several years but have never told my family, I know there is a hereditary component to depression so antidepressants may be beneficial to her also. I don't know how to get her to admit to a problem though.
Status: Open    Dec 18, 2015 - 11:06 PM

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Dec 23, 2015 - 01:44 PM

There are a number of ways to approach this topic. You never know, she may even know she is depressed but hasn't told you!

My advice is to start off by telling her you want to talk about this because you love her, are worried about her and want her feel better. Focus on how it will help her. Give concrete examples of why you feel she is depressed and if you feel comfortable, tell her you are on antidepressants and how they have helped you. Also offer to take her to her doctor or make a phone call for her if she wishes.

If she agrees, make sure you follow up with her and verify that she did what she stated she was going to do (go to MD, get on antidepressants, see councelor, etc). Accountability is huge.

Best of luck
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