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My Mother Won't Go For Depression Treatment!

My mother has suffered from severe case of depression for at least 5 years (we suspect that a milder case was present for a lot longer), and refuses to seek any help. I've contacted a number of organizations dealing with depression to help our family, however, the answer I always seem to get is that they will only help if the person recognizes he/she needs help. Our family has literally fallen apart because of this and yet finding help is so antagonizing. Any suggestions?

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