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73 yr old unable to adjust with anyone, violent, hot tempered, family depressed. Suggestions?

our family is in depression because of my father. he is 73, mother passed away in 2010. my father does not like any body in this world. he cant adjust even 7 days with family members. he becomes violant because of small small problems. we are suffering since 2010. he is hot tempered, rigid, he writes all negative things of family members. please advise. we have tried all options like keep him with family, old age home, seperate rental house, relatives house but he could not adjust. The present situation is that every body wants to avoid him. Being a son, I cant leave him, please advise.
Asked On : Tue, 27 Nov 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response

welcome to health care magic

Don't worry. He could be having following possibilities based on your details-
1) Major depressive disorder (Agitated depression)
2) Bipolar disorder ( manic type)
3) Dementia with depression
4) Psychotic disorder

I advise you to consult a psychiatrist for detailed evaluation and management.

Good Luck
Answered: Tue, 27 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

IT may be necessary to seek psychological assistance for your father. You indicated that this behaviour started in 2010 so it is not part of his normal expected pattern of behaviour.
A psychiatrist or psychologist would be able to evaluate him and determine if there is psychiatric element to his behaviour, for example some persons with dementia are violent.

The evaluation would require that blood tests and a CT scan of his brain be done to rule out any organic causes.

I hope this helps and that your family gets some answers soon
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