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Recently my wifes mom passed away not even 24hrs after

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Hi. Recently my wifes mom passed away not even 24hrs after giving birth to my newborn daughter. This happened a couple of months ago but ever since then she's been taking Valium and other pills to numb her pain. She's been forgetful, drowsy, clumsy, she just does whatever she wants and just leaves for hours with out telling us. I can never tell if she's sober. I love my wife dearly and I want the best for her. But this is also taking a toll on me. I have two other young children which makes 3 total. I'm trying to stay strong and be understanding but im starting to feel frustrated. I've tried talking to her and she sees a therapist. But she doesn't listen. I don't know what to do.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.
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Hello, I am very sorry that you and your wife are going through this issue right now, I can understand how her behavior has put a strain on your marriage. Given that your wife lost her mother near the same time as the birth of your daughter can be traumatic for anyone, so she is definitely trying to cope and numb the pain, but this is only repressing the true issues at hand. Would your wife be willing to seek out counseling to help her process this loss? And you did not pose a question directly, so what exactly is your mental health question that you would like an answer to regarding this situation?