This is Dr. David
this is a very tough situation within a family.
I am glad she is seeing a psychologist and she likes her.
all you can do is try to be as supportive as possible
you can visit her regularly and bring food and try to be social with her and not make it about snooping on her.
if she is seeing a psychologist, she is getting help.
if she needs her space, all you can give is give her space
try to keep in contact with your son as best as you can .
I see. this can be tough.
can you try to make regular visit just to see the grandkids?
and bring food and presents and try to make it social and fun?
that might be all you can do for now.
and hope for the best
and hope she continues to see her psychologist
and she continues to take medications to help with her situation.
I wish there was an easy solution for this.
do you have other questions?
how would you like me to help you more?
there is nothing that you can do to try to prevent her from taking her life.
without knowing her psychological condition, it is unknown what she is battling with.
it could be severe depression or bipolar illness or something else.
there is no way to commit her into a psychiatric ward against her will, that will not help.
her psychologist will do this only if she is a danger to herself.
but she is an adult
and as an adult, she can choose who she allows to know her medical and psychological information.
if she pushes you and other family away, there is nothing that I can do.
all you can do is try to visit regularly and keep in touch with the family and suppport them and help them when needed.
perhaps they need time away from the kids.
you can offer to baby sit so they can go out for dinner once or twice a week.
this way this can lessen their stress and you can be with the grand children and keep an eye on them closer.
does this help?
talk to your son and see if they would like for you to baby sit once a week so they can go out for dinner.
and have him talk it over with his wife
and see if they are ok with this
would you be willing to do this?
this would be a way to support them and keep in touch
and decrease stress on her.
and hopefully help her situation.
and would be a sort of way to help monitor her situation as well
and you see her declining, it would be a way to talk to your son and say, is she going to counseling,
is she taking her medications
and hopefully you can help get her help sooner.
yes, it is possible to turn it around with counseling and with medications
but something needs to be changed.
by getting her to see her counselor.
if you find out she is a danger to herself or others, she can be admitted to the hospital right away for observation
and there they can help her take medications that she needs.
no, medication changes can be done outside of the hospital.
her counselor can do that with regular visits.
there are ways to decrease one medication and start another medication without having the patient in the hospital
if she is suicidal at one point in time, she needs to go into the hospital, no matter what she is on.
but just changing medications does not mean she has to go into the hospital
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I have stated what a counselor can do, what a psychiatrist does, that a counselor alone is not adequate here, they can not adjust medicine, etc.
And have given you several suggestions of what you can do.
As far as medication adjustements, in someone already suicidal if medication is not working then a doctor will usually hospitalized a patient to adjust medication...since increasing the dose or changing the medicine can in some cases increase the suicidal tendency.
If the patient is stable an not suicidal, outpatient adjustment is generally done.
As far as involuntary admission, in the UK it is initially for 72 hours for assessment but can be extended to 28 days, or even 6 months in the case of the mentally ill.
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