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How can I deal with hallucinations caused by dementia in grandma?

How can I deal with hallucinations caused by dementia in grandma?

Depends on the type: Hallucinations can be from many causes including infections, tumors, medications, and of course dementia. They can be auditory(hear things that aren't there), visual(see things), tactile(feel things)or olfactory(smell things). Depending on their severity, looks like your grandma should be properly evaluated by someone who specializes in the field of geriatric psychiatry. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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How do you deal with hallucinations caused by dementia?

How do you deal with hallucinations caused by dementia?

With treatment.: Hallucinations can be terrifying. But there are risks with any treatment. The risks have to be weighed against the benefits. ...Read more

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What causes hallucinations in elderly and how to deal with it?

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What causes hallucinations in elderly and how to deal with it?

Many causes: There are many causes in the elderly. The most important and potentially-treatable are medication related. Some causes of dementia may also result in hallucinations. See your neurologist to get a thorough evaluation to identify the precise cause. ...Read more

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What can I do about hallucinations caused by dementia?

What can I do about hallucinations caused by dementia?

Rule Out Causes: Very common in dementias but may be treated very differently. (alzheimer's hallucinations may be treated different then those of lewy body or parkinson's dementias) the type of dementia is important to be as accurate as possible with. Medical evaluation is needed regardless as many medical conditions lead to hallucinations. Environmental stimuli and stress. Finally not all hallucinations need meds. ...Read more

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How can parents deal with nightmares of children after hearing bad news or seeing it in media? @drpam

How can parents deal with nightmares of children after hearing bad news or seeing it in media? @drpam

Reassure: What we do, of course, depends upon the age of the child. But certain principles are constant. Be truthful.Reaffirm that you are doing everything in your power to provide a safe environment.Emphasize that the circumstances are very unusual and rarely happen. Help them think of the positive things in life. These strategies help. ...Read more

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How can I deal with the somnolence caused by tegretol?

How can I deal with the somnolence caused by tegretol?

Tegretol side FX: If tegretol is causing excessive somnolence, it may be helpful to reduce the dose, or to use an alternative. In your history there are symptoms of poor sleeping and breathing difficulty. Could these be a factor also? Sometimes the two of these are related to a condition known as sleep apnea, which can itself cause somnolence, independent of medication. ...Read more

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How can I deal with weight changes in an elderly loved one?

How can I deal with weight changes in an elderly loved one?

Consult a doctor: Weight gain in the elderly can signifiy something medically wrong or even a medication side effect. It is important to have medical evaluation to determine correct diagnosis and approach. Hopefully this will provide answers and some steps to take. ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety caused by divorcing a narcissist and violent husband?

How to deal with anxiety caused by divorcing a narcissist and violent husband?

Not the Forum: Hi: i appreciate the stress you are under. But, this forum, it may be of limited value to bash your spouse. Let's make this about you and your needs. I think, given you ongoing reaching out to us for advice, that you read the answers your questions have been given. It sounds like you need to have a good and compassionate therapist to turn to in person. ...Read more

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Can memory loss and difficult focusing be caused by anxiety? I'm scared I have a brain tumor, since my mom died of a glioblastoma/had memory loss.

Can memory loss and difficult focusing be caused by anxiety? I'm scared I have a brain tumor, since my mom died of a glioblastoma/had memory loss.

Try to chill: Yes, anxiety frequently causes what you describe. It is very, very unlikely that these symptoms relate to a brain tumor. Seeking someone to talk to about your anxiety, perhaps even a professional, would seem to be a worthwhile first step. ...Read more

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How can I deal with the depression as a young mom?

How can I deal with the depression as a young mom?

Seek treatment: Many young moms are overwhelmed and develop depression. Often anti-depressant medication is helpful. Ask your doctor about whther you would benefit from medication. Counseling may also be helpful. Getting some help with your children, so you can get some time to relax or extra sleep may also be helpful. ...Read more

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How can I cope with fears of dementia?

How can I cope with fears of dementia?

Irrational fear: A phobia is an irrational fear--we know what we fear is probably not dangerous. Behavioral psychologists view them as learned and treatment is to desensitize or unlearn them. An atavistic trait is something we inherit that can keep us from danger but is not necessary in today's world. This could be a fear of bugs, snakes, heights, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I help my mother with her anxiety attacks. They happen when she drives in a car in certain areas.?

How can I help my mother with her anxiety attacks.  They happen when she drives in a car in certain areas.?

It Depends: It depends on the diagnosis: is this simply panic disorder associated with a feeling of being trapped or a prior panic episode in the car or on the freeway? Or are there thoughts (obsessions) that lead her to avoid driving because of some fear that she might be responsible for something bad happening? A cognitive behavioral therapist should be able to tease this out and clarify. ...Read more

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Bipolar what causes bipolar in people? Can it be because of some dramatic experience in the past like being raped by family members?

Bipolar what causes bipolar in people? Can it be because of some dramatic experience in the past like being raped by family members?

I : I agree with dr. Bunt's comments. If there is a predisposition for bipolar disorder, traumatic events may provoke the full expression of the disorder. The impact of trauma can be accumulative. I hope you have sought out help. ...Read more

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How can I deal with my grandmother that has alzheimer's?

How can I deal with my grandmother that has alzheimer's?

Love her: Introduce yourself, talk to her about past memories, try to do some activities with her. ...Read more

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Borderline personality disorder thanks for reading and any help you can provide. I have a family member who i'm fairly certain is bpd. I believe she's had similar problems stemming from childhood. How can we express to this person how her actions make p

Borderline personality disorder thanks for reading and any help you can provide.  I have a family member who i'm fairly certain is bpd.  I believe she's had similar problems stemming from childhood.
How can we express to this person how her actions make p

Part : Part of the challenge with having borderline personality is an inability of the patient to manage their emotional world. Often they will be controlling in order to give them some sense of their internal chaos. I would recommend the book, "stop walking on eggshells" by randy kreger to help give you some perspective and tools to deal with your BP family member. ...Read more

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My child was hit by a family member now suffers from PTSD and is petrified of person, can that incident cause a change in their brain. ?

My child was hit by a family member  now suffers from PTSD and is petrified of person, can that incident cause a change in their brain.  ?

Seek counseling: We are all different and traumas all effect us different ways. I'd advise talking to a psychologist that is experienced with PTSD and can share cognitive behavioral therapies and coping strategies. To answer your question, yes, traumas are technically "stored" in the brain and trigger fear responses. ...Read more

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How can I cope with the emotional consequences of vitiligo? Vitiligo has caused me to become self-conscious and depressed. How can I treat the psychological devastation of my condition? Are there support groups for people with vitiligo?

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How can I cope with the emotional consequences of vitiligo? Vitiligo has caused me to become self-conscious and depressed. How can I treat the psychological devastation of my condition? Are there support groups for people with vitiligo?

Try UVB-NB: Uvb-nb phototherapy may be helpful in reversing (may not be permanently) vitiligo. See your dermatologist about it. In the meanwhile, have you consider using a tanning solution or a masking foundation? Be sure to get checked out for potential autoimmune disorders ...Read more

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How long to people diagnosed with benson's disorder generally live and in what condition? About how many people are believed to have been diagnosed?

How long to people diagnosed with benson's disorder generally live and in what condition? About how many people are believed to have been diagnosed?

Few yrs, rare: Benson's syndrome (also posterior-back brain-cortical atrophy) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder start in vision cnter with inability to recognize familiar objects or people. It is a syndrome, because it can be part of another disease, such as alzheimers or jacob-creutzfeld). Mild to severe, 1 to >10 yrs, stable for yrs or progressive disability. First 2 yrs at specialized center is crucial. ...Read more

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Mental illness question i know mental illness can manifest itself in many different ways. An answer may be difficult. I have a cousin who has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. However, of late she has been lying and causing family fractures. She te

Mental illness question i know mental illness can manifest itself in many different ways. An answer may be difficult. 

I have a cousin who has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. However, of late she has been lying and causing family fractures. She te

Bipolar : Bipolar disorder is a very complex and a challenging disorder to live with, or deal with from a friend or family member's perspective. A major characteristic of bipolar disorder is major mood swings, which often result in damaged relationships, poor job and/or school performance, and even suicide. The lying and causing family rifts is very common when dealing with a person suffering from this disorder. I will definitely say she is not suffering from a "worsening mental situation" however i will say she needs more intensive treatment and routine follow up with her psychiatrist is definitely in order. Lastly the family may want to consider a family meeting with the psychiatrist with and without the patient in order to get a better understanding of the disorder, and ways to deal with your cousin in a way that will protect them and her as well. Best of luck to you all. ...Read more

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Hallucinations (Definition)

Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been ...Read more