My mother has been divorced since I was 13, she got away from an abusive marriage but the divorce has left her virtually penniless. Most days when she comes home from work she sits in her room in the dark and stares into space. She has brief periods of elation and can seem fine, only for her mood to sink again. She has very little interest in anything-'she cant be bothered' and has no hobbies-to occupy her mind. when my sister and I attempt to give her advice we are either met with single syllable answers or on the other hand an explosion of emotion from anger to grief. What can therapy do for a person whose depression is based on finances-she is in a rut where she cannot get a better job without paying more for our home leaving her in the same situation she is in now. My sister and I have suggested maybe getting some qualifications but she is adamant that by the time she finishes a worthwhile course she will be well into her fifties-'an age where people are not employed by others in professional careers'. (the above are her words)
Can we help her if she doesnt or cannot help herself?