My mother is suffering from a variety of symptoms including anxiety, anger, mood swings, anorexic-type eating habits, and depression. However, her public face is nearly perfect, and she does not acknowledge her problems. She is very difficult for family members to be around, and we feel she needs treatment. She is going to her doctor for a physical next month. Is it appropriate for a family member to contact the doctor in advance in hopes that the doctor can start a conversation with my mother? If so, what is the best way to approach the doctor?
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