Our expert says:
As sibs, we share an inheritance and usually share early experiences, but usually have different personalities and react differently even to the shared experiences.
Maybe your sister feels awkward about NOT being in a settled relationship or marriage, and feels the need to exaggerate or bend the truth so as to seem more successful in relationships when talking to you, your husband, and your mother ?
Counselling is obviously a good idea for her, but a real problem is that some counsellors are excellent, and others are wishy washy and spend decades getting you nowhere. This is why I boringly emphasize CBT ( Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ) because it is business-like and efficient, discourages dependency on the counsellor, and helps people become better problem solvers and thus more self-sufficient.
Any counsellor who has seen ANYONE for 20 years and still hasn't helped them to solve their problems, isn't worth much - that's not therapy, that's a pension for the therapist.
And antidepressants are useless unless she has a properly diagnosed and genuine, chemical depression.
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