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Posted by: Nesh | 2010-12-21

Imagining things

My mum is 73 years old, recently she seems to make accusations at certain family members, are doing impossiible things to her like when she sits and watches tv, she feels a pain in her head or hand and says that the are doing something with their cellphones and therefore she feels the pain, she says they are saying bad things about her and that shes not wanted, these are all not true its all in her head and i am not sure what to do for her or where to take her, what are our options, psychiatrists are rather expensive and we dont have medical aid, When i do ask her to use logic and realise that its impossible for them to do things like interfere with their cellphones and she feels pain she says they can she doesnt see reason, When she feels pains she says things like stop it, but no ones doing that to her its in her head.

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There can be various possible causes for what you are describing, but they all need urgent attgention and assessment, preferably by a good local psychiatrist - at your nearest medical school or major hospital / state clinic if you can't aford to see one privately ( though a first detailed assessment and diagnosis may be valuable, even if the treatment recommended could then be continued through the state services.
Huh seems in need of similar attention, not so ?
This could be dementia, either normal senile dementia or Alzheimers, for instance - and people whose brain function is already compromised in this way, may cope and behave without any noticeable oddity - until something extra puts a strain on their system, like a chest or urine infection, and then they may become more dramatically confused and with these sort of disturbing delusions.
I mention that sort of situation, because this needs to be part of the assessment, as they may need treatment of the infection, for instance, to improve their mental state, and then there'd be consideraion of whether any further treatment for theim would be needed.
She may be prepared to see someone to try to find the origins of these pains she complains of, and to see if some treatment could help to protect her from whatever might be causing them.

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Posted by: sam | 2010-12-21

Nesh, she''s gotta see a doc.. my aunt also does the same stuff...she even believes that certain members of our family are alive including her late husband...you don''t need to spend a lot of money just take her to the family doc and see from there.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010-12-21

There can be various possible causes for what you are describing, but they all need urgent attgention and assessment, preferably by a good local psychiatrist - at your nearest medical school or major hospital / state clinic if you can't aford to see one privately ( though a first detailed assessment and diagnosis may be valuable, even if the treatment recommended could then be continued through the state services.
Huh seems in need of similar attention, not so ?
This could be dementia, either normal senile dementia or Alzheimers, for instance - and people whose brain function is already compromised in this way, may cope and behave without any noticeable oddity - until something extra puts a strain on their system, like a chest or urine infection, and then they may become more dramatically confused and with these sort of disturbing delusions.
I mention that sort of situation, because this needs to be part of the assessment, as they may need treatment of the infection, for instance, to improve their mental state, and then there'd be consideraion of whether any further treatment for theim would be needed.
She may be prepared to see someone to try to find the origins of these pains she complains of, and to see if some treatment could help to protect her from whatever might be causing them.

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