Our expert says:
Older women, and men, may either develop any of the psych problems younger people can get, or some more age-related such as Alzheimers and other dementias, and a form of depression that used to be called melancholia.
But 47 isn't what most of us ( other than teens ) would consider "older" !
Then there are problems related to menopause, and to empty nest syndrome, in the sense of losing one's role as mother of kids now adult and less obviously being needed.
Sounds, indeed, as though she's struggling to cope with feelings of rejection and vlnerability, and of loss of control and significance
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