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She may indeed be depressed, or suffering from prolonged and complicated Grief. Sometimes it can be even more complex, and a person who was for other reasons not functioning well, managed fine while their spouse was around to support them, and then developes increasing difficulties after losing that spouse.
Its valuable that you have noticed and paid attention to this. Now its important to persuade her to see a doctor, preferably a specialist shrink, psychiatrist or psychologist, for a proper and detailed assessment, to identify the adic problems here. Is there possibly a degree of dementia ? Or depresion and grief ? Once the problem has been identified, you can discuss treatment options, which may include counselling, and medication used cautiously.
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