Wanda - posted on 11/06/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )
I need advice on how to deal with my daughter who's 22 and clinically depressed. She just moved home and will be here for at least 6 months. She has only been on Cymbalta for 3 weeks, and not sure if it's going to work for her. We have to give it a couple more weeks. She has a sleeping problem, so is up most of the night and then wants to sleep until 12:00 or later. Once she's up, she lays around, watches t.v., and can't even get motivated to unpack her things (which are not only cluttering her room, but my dining room and garage). She's about 50 pounds overweight, but food seems to have an uplifting effect on her. Also, she was on the phone with a friend today, and she sounded cheerful and fine during that conversation. I think I should get some counseling on what I should be doing, how much I should expect out of her, etc. She should be looking for a job, but I'm not sure if that's too much for her now . . . or if it's just what she needs! She is very bright, and graduated from a prestigious college in June, but hasn't gotten much of a job since then. She is very dependent on her fiance - and I think their rocky relationship is partly what keeps her in her state of depression. What should I do? It's driving me crazy to watch her live her life this way!