Re: Can stress & anxiety cause a stroke??
Stress can do an emormous amount of damage. I don't mean just phsyical, but mental as well. When someone get extremely upset adrenalin is realized. The body will go from calm to a fight or flight response. I would think about it as a car. When your idling, your there running fine, not using a lot of gas. Push the pedal to the floor, all of a sudden the car is using more gas, oxygen, and decreasing the life of the vechile.
The body is very capable of dealing with a variety of different conditions, emotionaly and phsyically. You have to ask yourself at what price. This is where your worry is coming into place. Blood pressure is increased during this adrenalin rush. Can a stroke come from stress? Anything is possible. Instead of worry about if your going to have a stroke, because that will make you more anxious, ask yourself what can you do to reduce the amount of stress.
As for you mother, I feel bad for her. People get on destructive paths. You can't change her on your own. She has to want to change, and getting her to want to change is a challenge all its own. Perhaps when she's calm, and your calm talk about how much you love one another, and the good times you've shared through the years. Try to concentrate on what might make you and her happy. If all else fails, don't let yourself become taken down to far. I can speak from experience. My dad had so many problems. I tried so very hard to get his life turned around. To me the answers were clear, but I could never get that across to him. It took me years to realize that no matter how hard I tried, I wasn't going to change him. That doesn't mean that I don't love him any less, it just means that I'm my own person, and despite the painful circumstances, I'm not going to let others get me down too much, where I can't pick myself back up.
Good Luck to both You and your mother.