Please, HELP!!! My mother (age 56, married, working, financially sound) shows great emotional adversion to my father for tha past few months, and now to me. She cries on a daily basis, has anhedonia, threatens divorse, suicide with a plan and homicide. She has a history of hypothyroidism (under control now with normal TSH), multiple panic
attacks, and dysthymia
/seasonal affective disorder
, possibly depression. She has been overspending lately, but not to a degree seen in bipolar
people (we still manage credit card bills). A prominent feature is her need for flamboyant statements and daily (2-3 times a day) verbal fights, completely unprovoked. She adamantly refuses to see a doctor or even consider being treated for depression. Instead she is threating divorce and "a legal hell". She has had problems with every employer for the past 15 years. Family history is positive for depression and Parkinson's disease in her mother, probably Alzheimer
in grandmother. What ca we do? What is the possible diagnosis? We thought it was depression, but she is very active when she is fighting. She has mood swings, but not severe enought for bipolar. Her menopause started almost 10 years ago and ended a about 4-5 years ago (as per herself).