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My mother, age 87, is very depressed. She is taking antidepressants but they are not working. Should I contact her doctor?

Both my parents are getting wonderful ADL care but my mother, age 87, is so depressed all the time (she of course does not call this depressed, and denies ever being depressed). We have encouraged her doctor to prescribe antidepressants, but the drug hasn’t worked at all. Do I contact the doctor and ask for a different prescription or what?

My 70-year-old great grandmother does not eat well, and she has bad pains in her leg. What can I do to help her?

My 70-year-old great grandmother does not eat as well as she should. She basically eats no solid food whatsoever and only eats ice cream. She also sleeps a whole lot. She has bad pains in her leg, but her doctor is unable to find what it is exactly and help her. Besides forcing food onto her, what else is there to do?

I have a relative who seems depressed and possibly suffering from OCD. She won't address these issues with her doctor. Is it unethical for me to call her doctor to express concern?

I have a relative who I think may be depressed and possibly suffering from OCD.  Her husband doesn't believe in mental disorders or therapy and medication.  He thinks everything is fine, but to us in the younger generation, we know she needs help. Is it unethical to call someone's doctor to express concern? I know she would never bring up her issues with her doctor on her own.

My mom has been caring for my 92-year-old father. But now she is unable to care for herself, let alone my father. I try to help but I have a full-time job and live 15 miles away. Help!

Until recently, my mother was taking care of my 92-year-old father who has Parkinson's, cancer and diabetes. Now she is unable to care for herself, let alone my father. She does not want to contact her doctor anymore or take medication that was suggested to her. She has no appetite and is not eating much. I hesitate to call her doctor because she is talking about looking for another one and a different hospital also. She fights with my father constantly and the situation is unbearable for me. I take food over and help as much as I can but I have a full time job and am 15 miles away. Help! Who can I call to discuss this situation?

We have concerns about our mother's cognitive abilities. Can we write a letter to inform her doctor of our concerns?

Question:  We have concerns about our mother's ability to understand herself. She says her brain feels like "mush" but refuses to allow others to help her stay organized. Is it possible/legal for us to somehow inform her doctor of our concerns before she has her next checkup? Can we write the doctor a letter?  Thank you! …

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