While it is difficult to diagnose someone without seeing them and completing an assessment, it certainly sounds like your mother has some type of mental illness. If she had shock treatments it was probably to treat depression. It is likely that she has both depression and anxiety. These disorders can create symptoms of paranoia and jealousy.
Thanks Luann. Do you think I am at risk? I think my sister has the same illness.
I encourage you to learn as much as you can about depression and mental illness in general. NAMI, national alliance on mental illness is a great resource - www.nami.org . They have local chapters throughout the united states.
Ok, will do. Thanks.
Family members of someone with a mental illness are at greater risk to develop a mental illness. But environmental factors play a big role. Don't worry too much about it, just know the warning signs and be informed. Work on leading a healthy lifestyle. Learn how to deal with stress. Knowledge and support will be very helpful to you and your family. Good luck to you!