So, this is an odd experience. I used to use this board for my panic attacks/GAD, but now i come here to write about my mum.
My mum is 68 years old - she's always been a bit on the anxious side, but always managed well. She recently had some tough physical health problems, which she was getting help for, but around 5 weeks ago, everything go turned on its head. My mum lives alone, and my brother got a call from one of her church friends saying they were all very concerned about her, and that she was acting very strangely. After a bit of digging, it turned out she hadn't slept for more then 3 hours a night for about 4 weeks. She said she was up feeling anxious and checking things. So we thought - OCD! We started treatment for OCD, and supported her with that.
However - within the space of a week, mum had declined dramatically. I spoke to her on the phone, and she would talk for 40mins non-stop - i couldn't get a single word in. It would be about how she was going to visit Israel, and she was going to be a children's minister, and how she was going to learn all these languages. Every day on the phone she got strange and stranger, and eventually made little to no sense at all to me. She seemed completely lost. We were all terrified and thought it was dementia.
My brother managed to get time off work and moved in. She was convinced people were listening in on the phone, and she would speak to the 'other person' on the phone mid conversation. We got really worried and were fed up with waiting for doctors to refer her, and took her to A&E, where they did every possible physical test and found nothing wrong and sent her home. In the morning, she was even worse - she had a bath in her nightie, made no sense at all, freaked out and ran into the living room and threw herself on the floor.
So eventually, she was diagnosed with having bipolar, and having a psychotic manic episode. They gave her anti-psychotics, and she has made a great recovery over the space on 2 weeks. We can talk and have conversations like before, and i feel like i've got her back. Although it is clear there is a long way to go still.
She is still getting very worried about strange small things - like we will watch the tv together, and she will say 'this is pre-recorded' and i will say 'no its not, its on now', but it turns into this big thing. It seems like such a small thing to worry about, but she gets really obsessed with it.
Another thing is, she is finding meaning in everything. We watched this pop star guy performing, and she was obsessed with his eyes, and that he was sad.
Can anyone else relate to this experience? Does anyone else have any stories about people getting diagnosed with BPD for the first time in their 60's?
Would love to hear your experiences/any tips on how i can help my mum