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   Posted 3/15/2013 4:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My mom is bipolar and also has early onset dementia. She is still pretty functional. Right now her medicine is messed up. She is hearing things. She thinks everyone is whispering behind her back. She makes up whole conversations. I am having her psychiatrist change her meds but it is complicated by all her allergies and other health conditions.

She thinks all the conversations are about having her committed. She is terrified that I or my sister will have her placed in a hospital. I nor my sister have talked about this at all. But the paranoia is starting to make people lose patience with her. Not everyone in my household understand mental illness as well as I do. My husband has been patient to now but to see her basically say that I am trying to make here think she is crazy and she doesn't know why is starting to wear on him.

I don't know what to do. I have even tried to tape record my room so when she comes in here I can prove I was not talking about her but she still doesn't believe me. If things don't get better I will have to do something. Just looking for some support. This is a terrible feeling. I want to help her. I hate that she thinks I could hurt her like this. I know it is the diease and to her but it is still hard hearing it.
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 3/15/2013 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Having dementia is tough, add in bipolar and it doubles the anguish. My heart goes out to you. Hopefully the pdoc will find the right combination because I KNOW this has to be hard on you and everyone involved.

My Gma had dementia and lived with us. For some reason she always thought my daughter was stealing from her, hated her or went into her daughter was only 8. That made me feel horrible because I knew my daughter would do no such thing but my Gma insisted. When they get something in their head, it's like a loop, reason doesn't work because their reasoning skills are gone.

I sincerely hope things work out and that right med combo can be found, not only for her sake but for everyone involved.
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