Hey there im a first time visitor to these boards as i really just need a bit of feedback on how to handle things at this moment in time. Im a 24 year old guy and i live with my mother and my 15 year old sister. My father passed away a few years ago which is why i still live here as I always felt as though my mother was a bit fragile on her own.
In the past she's suffered two mentally related episodes that she's been hospitalised for. I don't know what it was specifically but enough that she was in a clinic for a short while. The last one was about 8 years ago possibly longer.
since then she's been fine, more than fine, but i believe she's been on tablets both to help her sleep and also to do with her mental stability. Lately in the past week she's been strange. It started last week i came home and went to bed, she came into my room and just constantly repeated the phrase im leaving im leaving. I followed her back to her room and spoke with her to calm her down, didnt get much sense out of her she said she just wanted to go away for a while that everything was wrong.
Then a few days later after being seemingly fine again she came home at 8am (she leaves for work at 6am) saying she'd had a panic attack after seeing a man and a dog under a bridge and being scared. She had been sat outside in the cold (if you live in the uk you know how cold its been lately) until i saw her come in. Again, a few days without incident then on sunday she went off for a walk and came back and said she wanted to know why she was being punished. She was crying occasionally and pinching her skin on her hands saying whats wrong why cant i feel it, and got angry at me when i refused to pinch her skin for her.
Then the latest episode was today, i had to go for a walk with her to calm her down she was crying again saying she was remembering my father sat in our living room. Started crying about how there is only one person she wants to be with, and this person is actually a semi famous pop star from the 70's whose name i wont mention hehe, its just weird. But she's always liked him.
Basically, very large mood swings. She mentioned how she punched a bin when i wasnt there, repeatedly, and didnt feel anything. I've spoken to a doctor and i'm trying to come up with a way to get her to see her as she wont go if she knows what its about. I'm going to tell her the doctor called and said they did her checkup wrong and they just want to see her again quickly. Everytime she gets in one of these "episodes" i just have to talk with her and attend to her and reassure her constantly and I need to know the right things to say, she's been okay when ive spoken at length with her but any hints on how to help calm smoeone like this down would be appreciated until i can get her some help.
Sorry for the huge epic first post. I'll obviously keep anyone interested updated and once i'm through this i'll provide support to anyone else going through it as i'm a believer in karma
thank you to anyone reading