I need your advice folks....... this is beyond my ability to control the situation. My mom has what appears to be severe depression. She blames her marriage, she blames her messy house, she blames her constant worry about the lives of me and my brother......let's just say pretty much everything is seen from the perspective of negativity right now and as hard as I try, I can't get her to see what's very obvious to the whole family as something that might require professional help. She flatly refuses to go to a shrink. She "doesn't believe in it" she says. Saying it doesn't work and that she can work things out herself and if my father communicated better, if the house was spotless, if the carpet was replaced, etc etc. Her expectations seem so endless that it would seem like it's a never ending chase for her happiness that might never come because she can't see past this dark bubble around her. In all honestly, after many many long talks with my mother....even as a whole family, I've come to the conclusion that those solutions she's mentioned is not going to get her out of this funk which appears to be deep. She's practically breaking down in sobbing tears over subjects that seem so little to the rest of us. Conversations just turn into hours and hours of circular conversation where we don't seem to be making any progress in making her feel better. I tried offering her the suggesting to go see a Psychologist.... even offered to pay for everything and to go with her. She threatens that she won't even talk to the doctor if we brought her. I don't know what to do. I am deeply concerned. But I don't know how I would get her to the professional help she needs. Any ideas?