Family member in trouble, NEED HELP!

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   Posted 4/23/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
This is my first time on here.  My wife and I think her mother has depression.  Here is the low down.
Yesterday she flew into town.  She almost did not take the flight as she said she was scared and did not feel safe.  This is unlike her as she regullary would swim an ocean to she her daughter.  She did force herself to make the flight though.
This morning she woke us up at 5:45am insisting that she has to go home, apparently been awake since 12:30am.  She doesn't feel safe.  So we booked her a flight and she is leaving soon.  I had to go to work and my wife is taking her to the airport. 
She has also not been eating/loosing weight, not wanting to look in the mirror due to the weight loss
Can't sleep
Muscle pain
lost interest in taking pictures (regularly one of her passions)
This has apparently been going on for sometime.
Please help us.  If it is depression as we think, how do we get her to see a professional or try some homeopathic remedies?

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   Posted 4/23/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
The best thing that you could do is get her to see her doctor. Just to make sure that there isn't something physical going on. The doc will most likely get her on meds or to counseling. Which I think that the counseling should be done. It is so important.

I am sorry that she didn't stay long. It sounds like she is really scared. Hopefully if she goes into counseling, that will help. You can't do it for her, but you can make suggestions.

I hope that everything turns out well.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/23/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
She is in her late 50s, so I don't think demintia.  I will suggest getting a complete physical.  Thanks for that suggestion

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   Posted 4/23/2010 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
james i also sense anxiety as well. my healing prayers are being sent. glad that you picked this up quickly. all the best, keep posting, we are here for you. jamie.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi James, I know how disheartening it can be to see a loved one changing into a totally different person... I, myself have experienced a transition in my late 50's. Part of it's due to major depression, but I am also dealing with some chronic health problems--which are escalating my mood swings and causing a sense of vulnerability--that leads to feeling paranoid in social situations. I am <definately> not the person I was--even in my 40's, so please do follow up with an internal med checkup--and let her know, above all, she is not alone... It may be hard for her to see what's going on ...but, with your loving and patient ways, she will get through this next phase of her life... Take Care...
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