My sister in law seems depressed to me, and she has spent the last 5 years in search of a diagnosis for a problematic heart. She is 21 years old and does not attend school or work. She lives with her mom and doesn't leave the house much. She says it is because of her heart. After a few years of doctor shopping she claims to have finally received a diagnosis. She says he told her she has a sticky valve.
She now waves a big bag of medicines around whenever someone asks her to run an errand. This bag contains:
I don't think I believe her about the heart condition, and I worry that what she really has is depression, possibly caused (or worsened) by interactions of all these different drugs she's taking. All 4 bottles have different doctor's names on them. She says she also takes valium regularly but I didn't see a bottle of that in her bag.
I would like to intervene in what I think is a dangerous situation for a depressed young woman. But I'd like to do some research first and I don't know where / how to begin.
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