Dang.....wish I could sneak antidepressants into my mom's coffee.....

  1. [font=book antiqua]my mom has been clinically depressed all her life but refuses treatment because "i'm not crazy"....she sees any kind of mental illness as being psychotic. years ago her ent placed her on amitryptalline for tinnitus but it didn't work.....it helped her depression, though! i kept my mouth shut about what the drug was really intended for, and my dad asked me about the changes. when i explained he said "don't tell mom and let's hope it works." it didn't work for the tinnitus and she stopped.
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    [font=book antiqua]fast forward 15 years. my daughter (18) has been depressed because of life with her brickhead of a mother (not me) and her stepdud. we were hoping it would resolve when she moved in with us; it got better but didn't go away. we got her into counseling and the therapist recommended meds. got her on prozac, and the difference is amazing. she feels so much better, and i don't feel like killing her anymore (you think i'm kidding??).
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    [font=book antiqua]i mentioned it to my dad and he asked me, "i don't suppose there's anyway we could sneak some to mom?"
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    [font=book antiqua]i wish............
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Joe NightingMale
    People from older generations tend not to want to talk about mental illness, to consider it "craziness". Perhaps some authority figure who she respects can broach the subject...
  4. by   Ruby Vee
    ever thought about having your father crush it up and slip it to her in her oj? it works with my mother! (of course, she has alzheimer's and dad is responsible for her pills anyway. it might not work if she had to go to the pharmacy and pick up her own prescriptions!)

    i agree with you about the prozac. i was ready to disembowel dh before he got started on it. he was a raging a$$hole most of the time, but the prozac really helps. i'm glad it's helping your step-daughter!
  5. by   leslie :-D
    i love to hear success stories of healing.
    i'm so happy your dd is coping better.

    you know, i'm a very stubborn person.
    if a doctor, mentor, friend, sibling, ever tried to talk me into something, i would politely listen and quietly refuse.

    but there's something about a spouse of long-time standing.
    he will tell me things i don't want to hear, but i listen....and hear.

    tazzi, i'm thinking it's really up to your dad, to have a 1:1 with mom.
    a serious, earnest, "i mean business" type of talk.
    maybe....she'll listen???

  6. by   CHATSDALE
    dd mil reuses most meds, her dtr has convinced her to take dm meds but she will not return to mental facility
    she is becoming more and more difficult to handle..once she ran off to dallas [about 300 miles] she was reported to police and family looked for her and thenshe called one of the kids and asked them how she had gotten there
    last summer she expressed a wish to go and live with ex and his new wife, i know that wwould have been a welcome sight