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17 Nov 2004


My mom has been admitted to the Vista clinic for depression. They are treating her with an anti-depressant and some other medicine (do not know what it is).

She complains of tiredness. She says her whole body feels tired and she has no energy and do not know how she is ever going to be normal again. That is all she can say. She do not know how she is going to cope at home with the garden and household things. I told her several times that me and my brothers will take over the responsibility for her. She has to do nothing. Then she says how is she going to make supper/dinner for us if we come there and who is going to pay her bills and who is going to buy her food etc etc. I told her that we will do all that - all she has to do is live in her house and open up for agents who bring clients (her house is in the market). This whole thing of the house being in the market started all this. The house must be sold because it is to big for her to cope with.

What must I do. Is this normal? She says she wants sleeping therapy and at the clinic they say they do not give it. She complains about everything.

Must I ask her doctor for some nutrition or some vitamins. She uses Vita Force 40+ and I gave her some Berocca Calmag that I use.

She has been in the clinic for 6 days now.

Please help me.


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01 Jan 0001

Dear Maylene,
Each of us is unique, but much of what you describe sounds rather typical of Depression --- one feels tired and weary even before activity, and pessimistic beyond reason. Everything seems doomed and impossible, and one is tempted to give up. Sleep and appetite are usually disturbed, too. And they complain and kvetch about everything.
Maybe, even if it is reasonable for the house to be put on the market, to some extent she may also be mourning the coming loss of the house and home she loved for so many years. But Depression can be very successfully treated, and before long she should be feeling less pessimistic and more energetic. Delighted to hear that the clinic has told her that they don't do Sleep Therapy --- without any exception, only quacks offer or perform "Sleep Therapy" which is dangerous and without benefits. Sounds like her vitamin supplements ought to be sufficient.
Of course one feels impatient to see improvement, but 6 days is still fairly early. Though some people respond earlier, it generally takes at least 2 to 4 weeks for antidepressants to have their full effects ; and sometimes, a person isn't best suited by the first one tried, and needs a trial of a second medicine.
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