This situation is regarding my mother… and it’s been affecting our lives for many many years.
My mom has had obvious signs of depression and anxiety for years… and this has had detrimental effects on her relationships with everyone in the family.
She has been both to counseling and to see medical professionals… all of whom have recommended medication to help stabilize her chemical imbalance.
On a side note… these conditions are also genetic… and my grandmother (her mom) was also extremely depressive… and both of my sisters and myself have all had to deal with these issues (and have accepted medical intervention when necessary). So we’re well aware of the symptoms and treatment options.
My mom has always refused medication for a multitude of emotional reasons…
*]She is extremely skeptical of all medications
*]She is convinced ALL depression/anxiety issues are and “emotional fault” and is personally very insulted at the idea of medication
*]She is convinced that ALL depression/anxiety issues are 100% spiritual in nature and turning to medication would be a lack of faith
*]She is convinced that my grandmother’s cancer (her mom who died years ago) was caused by excessive use of antibiotics - thus distrustful of medical profession…[/LIST]Anyway… in the last few days she’s had some emotional breakdown moments… which have resulted in extreme debilitating migraines. She went to the ER and had CT scans and all the tests run to dermine it wasn’t anything more critical… but after half a dozen doctor visits and phone calls her doctor is suggesting that this is a stress/anxiety/depression issue (duh!).
I would like advice on how to lovingly approach my mom on this subject. She obviously has extreme emotional issues and I want to be sensitive to that. But her refusal to listen to her doctors (over these many years) has led to a physically debilitating condition with these migraines as well as scarred relationships with the entire family (over emotional issues which should never be a big deal)…
Any advice? Thanks in advance.