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Does this sound like dementia?

(7 Posts)
mellowyellow1 Fri 16-Sep-16 21:53:12

Firstly I apologise if I'm way off the mark here. I am trying to understand what is happening to my Mum and I can't seem to get a definite diagnosis for her.

She has been in and out of mental health assessment units all year. It started with her becoming very high and she couldn't stop talking. She was talking every 4 seconds throughout the whole day, couldn't relax and kept repeating phrases and numbers. Also saying inappropriate things to strangers about their appearance and things.

Now she is in a mental health unit and it's like she has had a complete personality transplant as she is so drugged up. Her vision is going, she is unable to concentrate on anything and has lost all enthusiasm for life. Also she is scared she is going to harm her husband (I know she won't and she knows that it's wrong to even think it).

Add to this she is relatively young only 61, the GP mentioned something about the frontal lobe months ago but now the mental health team have just put it down to a mood disorder.

Can anyone shed any light if they have experienced something similar? I don't know if I'm looking for something that's not there but just want her to get the right help sad

FruitCider Fri 16-Sep-16 22:03:23

Hi OP, sorry to hear you are experiencing this. Has your mum had a CT head scan? It's meant to be standard procedure when diagnosing someone with a mental health condition.

mellowyellow1 Fri 16-Sep-16 22:18:09

Thanks for replying Fruit. She has had an MRI and a CT scan I think but nothing was found. She also has mentioned a pressure in her head which is better with the anti psychotic drugs. Not sure if this is related.

Dosnt sound like dementia from my personal experience based on your description of constant talking.
When DM started with it she went very quiet initially as she processed her confusion.
Sounds very distressing for you.

Brontebiscuits Fri 16-Sep-16 22:33:38

Has your mum got a mental health diagnosis other than mood disorder? If the CT and MRI were clear it's less likely to be dementia but can be missed if it's very early stages. Have the unit done any memory tests such as the ACE III? Severe depression can cause slow cognition and affect memory in people however. You could also ask the nurses/doctors about what drugs she is on and whether they may be causing her to be over-sedated.

PacificDogwod Fri 16-Sep-16 22:37:12

I don't think that any of us will be able to even guess at a diagnosis if her doctors/medical team have not been able to.
So sorry you and her are going through this - it is so hard when somebody so close to you changes in such a distressing way.

I suppose it could be dementia (scans can be normal or only show age related changes) or has something like bipolar disorder been mentioned??

mellowyellow1 Fri 16-Sep-16 22:46:51

Yes bipolar has been mentioned and a memory test was done and showed slight memory changes but this could be down to general anxiety and the drugs she is on.

Thanks for replies and sorry for anyone experiencing dementia with a loved one must be awful sad

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