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Dear concerned daughter,
Your mother is still suffering from some depression, it seems, but if she feels that the Wellbutrin in helping her, then this definitely progress. Wellbutrin (bupropion) has less side effects than many other antidepressants (as long as she isn't already prone to seizures).
She is a hoarder, which means that she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Other than having a big clutter, this OCD probably serves to lessen her anxiety
and it would probably be more harmful to her to try to make her change than to just let her continue to hold on to the old mementos and shards of her life that give her comfort through famliarility. To most people, these are old rags, but to her the towels are reassuring remnants of the past.
It seems that you are already very helpful to her, with housework and the like. She is, at her age, very set in her ways. This compulsion to collect seems silly, at best, ***** ***** is probably helping her to deal with the unique problems of old age, including a memory not as sharp as it used to be.
I urge you to consider accepting this behavior, as it does not seem to threaten her health of safety in any substantial way.
I wish you continued good relations with your mother.
Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC