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My mother with dementia keeps having temper tantrums. What happened?

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Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Normal for dementia

When your mom gets upset, her ability to think and reason declines.
She's stuck in a body that is no longer functioning properly-add a muddled mind and you have the perfect storm for an anger display. She knows something is wrong, but doesn't understand it, so she becomes very defensive and irrational. Don't try to handle this by yourself, get help.

In brief: Normal for dementia

When your mom gets upset, her ability to think and reason declines.
She's stuck in a body that is no longer functioning properly-add a muddled mind and you have the perfect storm for an anger display. She knows something is wrong, but doesn't understand it, so she becomes very defensive and irrational. Don't try to handle this by yourself, get help.
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
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Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Also see: http://www.alz.org/national/documents/brochure_behaviors.pdf
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: It sounds like

Her dementia has effected part of her brain involved in emotion or judgement.
Talk with her doctor about what you are seeing as there may be medications that could help.

In brief: It sounds like

Her dementia has effected part of her brain involved in emotion or judgement.
Talk with her doctor about what you are seeing as there may be medications that could help.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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