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Hallucinations

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Pab78 Thu 08-Sep-16 17:52:10

Awaiting MRI results for my DF, he is 86 has been slowly getting worse but last 3 months is having pretty much constant hallucinations. It's now a conspiracy against him and the people he sees are destroying his home and garden. He has written letters to the council, called the police and constantly goes outside to confront them. He is also seeing animals and babies. We are waiting to see what the scan shows but it is very depressing for him and he is genuinely distressed. He has been prescribed an anti psychotic and anxiety meds in the interim until results. Also sleeping tablets as he was staying awake defending himself against themsad

So sad to see him like this, anyone been through a similar scenario? We are struggling to help him deal with it as he is so convinced.

angemorange Fri 09-Sep-16 11:24:22

My DM has vascular dementia and moved in a care home in June after suffering delusions/paranoia when living alone.

Things have been up and down - medication has been changed a few times and she is more settled now.
Perceptions and hallucinations are a terrible part of dementia - everyone thinks its to do with memory only but that's not true.

Hopefully your DF will get a diagnosis and the right meds - will make a big difference.

Good luck!

sleepyhead Fri 09-Sep-16 11:26:06

Every time this happens to my grandmother it turns out she has a UTI. She sees cats or small animals such as mice or squirrels that aren't there.

Roystonv Fri 09-Sep-16 11:32:06

My mother got very worried too about a secret she had to keep and conspiracies, in the early days she would hallucinate but they were pleasant. Obviously I do not know the circumstances but he seems in too poor a state to remain at home for much longer unless meds help him.

Lindt70Percent Fri 09-Sep-16 11:37:33

My Dad's been like this. It got really bad towards the end of last year. Fortunately he got an infection (which probably was contributing to the hallucinations) and went to hospital. I say fortunately because I don't think we'd have thought to seek treatment for the hallucinations and he was getting quite aggressive.

Anyway, he got sent to a specialist mental health unit for people with dementia. He stayed there for a few months while they tried him with different medication and it's stabilised the hallucinations.

He's so much better now. I really didn't think it would be possible for him to improve as much as he has.

Good luck.

Pab78 Fri 09-Sep-16 13:23:14

Can I ask how long your loved ones had been diagnosed for when the hallucinations began? Thank you for sharing your stories and your kind words.

angemorange Fri 09-Sep-16 13:34:56

I think my DM had been diagnosed about a year, but as her dementia worsened over the past 8 months more symptoms, including hallucinations appeared.

The Alzheimer's Society has a good Talking Forum with plenty of advice if you get a diagnosis. If there are branches in your area they can also offer a lot of support.

Pab78 Sun 11-Sep-16 12:07:39

Thank you I will have a look on their website now flowers

LetitiaCropleysCookbook Tue 13-Sep-16 15:15:47

Every time this happens to my grandmother it turns out she has a UTI. She sees cats or small animals such as mice or squirrels that aren't there.

It's the same with my Mum. She does have some cognitive impairment, but when suffering from v. bad constipation and a UTI she was having full-blown hallucinations about believing her room was in the open air, crowded with people, little children and animals running around etc. and having long conversations with them.

I wouldn't dismiss bowel and bladder problems or not drinking enough. They are all interlinked, and can greatly exacerbate any symptoms of dementia which are present and even mimic them where they are not present.

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