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Unhappy Worried about my Mum. - November 2nd 2010, 09:22 AM

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A few days ago, my Mum was diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression. While I was hugging my Mum, she said to me "Rianna, I can't take this anymore. I just want to go to a bridge and jump off." Now I'm worried sick about her. I don't know what to do. I know exactly what it feels like to have Depression and just want to commit suicide. My Mum's seeing a psycharist tomorrow but still I don't know how I can help.


   
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Re: Worried about my Mum. - November 2nd 2010, 11:01 AM

Hey there, Rianna.
I'm so sorry to hear about your mum, I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to deal with.
Just try to remember that she's been diagnosed, she's getting the help she needs. Things will get better for her if she responds well to the help.
I doubt she was trying to scare you, but the fact that she was so open about how she was feeling shows that she obviously trusts you. All you can really do is be there for her to support her. You said you understand how it feels so try to help her by introducing her to ways you think have helped you (if the understanding is based on personal experience) Try to encourage her to go out and still see people, social isolation won't make it any easier.
I'm sure that no matter what, she'll appreciate your support and advice.
Good luck, I really hope things get better for her, and for you.
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Re: Worried about my Mum. - November 2nd 2010, 01:54 PM

Try to be there for her and support her positively.
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Re: Worried about my Mum. - November 2nd 2010, 04:50 PM

Hey there.

I am really sorry to hear that your mum is feeling this way and that it's putting so much pressure on you.

I can completely understand how it feels. My mum suffers from psychotic depression and anxiety, which left her in and out of hospital all summer, and she attempted suicide on several occasions. I had my mum say similar things to be.

It's great that she is seeing a psych. Let us know how she get's on? That's her first step to getting help. The psych will hopefully put support in place for you mum, whether that's seeing them weekly etc, having councilling or perhaps medication.

I know it seems like you should help her, but only help her as much as you can handle. It's okay to be there for her and let her talk to you, but you have too look after yourself too. I know for my mum we were given a contact number for the crisis team and she could ring them herself when she felt low, or I could do it for her. They would talk to her on the phone, I'd take her up to a&e to see them or they would come here. Do you have anything like that? If not, you could talk to your mum about it and look into it together so that while she is at home, you do not have to support her on her own.

But remember what I said, you have to look after yourself toO.

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