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Irritability and aggressive behavior in a diabetic patient - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi, my father is a diabetes patient and for the past couple of years he is experiencing frequent bouts of aggression,hostility and irritation specially targeted at my mother.I want to know if taking him to a psychiatrist would be of any help??I think it might have sumthing to do with his high blood sugar level.                                                  
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   May I know since when has he having these symptoms?
Doctor :   And his age?
User :   he has alwez been quite a hot headed person but its been like a couple of years ,specially for the past 6 months, things have taken a real ugly turn
User :   his age is 65
User :   he is going to return this 31st may
Doctor :   Ok
User :   he takes daily medication for diabetes
User :   i am sorry , i meant he is going to retire this 31st may
User :   he is a proffesor
User :   could u plzz suggest me sum help
Doctor :   Does he have any other symptoms apart from the irritability, such as impairment of memory, behavioural changes?
User :   ya
User :   his memory has becum real bad, he sleeps very less
User :   his life is real monotonous and he hardly shares anything of his personal life with us
Doctor :   Does he have any other medical problems such as hypertension, heart disease, liver problems?
User :   he has become sort of a recluse and very ill tempered
User :   he has hear disease
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Let me explain it to you.
User :   couple of years back he was diagnosed with an artery blockage
User :   he takes medicines for that too
User :   plus he is a chronic ashmatic patient
Doctor :   Some amount of cognitive impairment gets disturbed as the age progress.
Doctor :   This is part of the natural process that happens.
Doctor :   However, you may still see the doctor for evaluation of any other associated conditions that may be treated.
Doctor :   Hence you can go ahead with the consultation from the psychiatrist.
Doctor :   Do you follow what I have suggested?
User :   my father is making my mothers life hell
User :   i want to know at exactly i can do to help my mom
User :   if there is any good psychiatrist in XXXX ,can u suggest one??
User :   i am really helpless, and i REALLY need your support and help
Doctor :   There are a few medications which can calm your father.
Doctor :   They can be used for these purpose.
Doctor :   However, since they are prescription only medications, I would not be able to prescribe those online.
User :   ok, but so taking to a psychiatrist WOULD be a help, u think???
Doctor :   You can go ahead and consult a psychiatrist.
Doctor :   It seems you have moved out of the chat window. Please log in back if you have medical queries.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes
User :   are you from XXXX?
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   then can you suggest me any good psychiatrist in XXXX??
Doctor :   I shall look for one.
User :   and when would you let me know?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Give me a few minutes.
User :   ok,thanx
User :   are u a psychiatrist your self?
Doctor :   No, I am a general practitioner.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   does diabetes hav anything to do with such mental problems?
Doctor :   Long standing diabetes which are uncontrolled can cause neuropathies.
Doctor :   They most often affect the peripheral nerves more than the central brain.
User :   wat happens in neuropathy? wat r the symptoms?
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hence diabetes alone cannot explain his present symptoms.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Yes, diabetes associated with other conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterols, cerebral artery narrowing, past history of strokes both clinical and subclinical can cause these disturbances.
Doctor :   Hence for a better evaluation, you would have to consult a neuro psychiatrist.
Doctor :   I shall suggest you two names.
Doctor :   1. Dr. R. XXX.
User :   they are from XXXX?
Doctor :   He was working at the XXXX
User :   ok
User :   it would be helpful if u cud suggest sumone working in XXXX
Doctor :   Contact number 0000 or the mobile number 0000.
Doctor :   I am not sure, if he still practising.
Doctor :   You may contact him.
User :   ok
Doctor :   If he is not available, then
Doctor :   2. Visit the Institute of Neuroscience, located at
Doctor :   XXXX
Tel: + 00000
User :   thank you so much doctor
Doctor :   I shall also provide you a link from our website, if you are not able to contact either of them.
Doctor :   We have a list of psychiatrist working presently at XXXX, who can help you.
Doctor :   You can choose one according to your location.
User :   ok..thats wonderful
Doctor :   http://www.
Doctor :   This is link to the list of psychiatrist presently practicing at XXXX.
Doctor :   You can contact any of them.
Doctor :   Do you have any further query that I can assist you with?
User :   no. Thanx a LOT for the help!
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form too.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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