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Forgetfullness, repeats the same thing, misplaces things, sleepy all the time, low self esteem. Reason?

hi, i dont know what to do in this situtation. my mother is 57 years old and she is always forgetting, repeating herself constantely, misplacing things, sleeps all the time no motivation and low self esteem/depressed. an example of things my mother does.. throws garbage in the sink instead of the garbage. constantly and she doesnt know she did it. when i bring anything up concerning this she gets very aggressive and says its me not her. and i dont know how to approach a doctor for this situation.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

The symptoms which you have described could be due to a neurological disorder or a psychiatric disorder. A neurological problem called Dementia can present with memory deficits and personality changes. Psychiatric disorders like depression can also present with forgetfulness / memory impairment (known as "pseudo-dementia), lck of motivation and alterations in biological functions.

Since her symptoms seem to be quite prominent, I would advise you to take her to a doctor, preferably a psychiatrist, for a detailed evaluation. Further treatment will depend on the cause identified.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello laura.e.markus
Welcome to HCM

The symptomatology your mother is showing like frequent memory impairment, forgetting, no motivation, poor self esteem, low mood, irritability etc. may occur due to a lot of conditions.

- Early onset dementia is first possibility, as immediate memory impairment is seen in dementia, individual tend to forgets day to day things, past or remote memory remains intact. Due to continuous memory impairment there occurs low self confidence, poor motivation etc.
- Second thing although rare, these symptoms may be due to early stage of Parkinsons Disease. Apart from the symptoms other clinical features like poor facial expression, tremors, slowness of movements etc. also seen. Depression is very common behavioral complaint observed.
- Depressive disorder may be third possibility, as in severe depression memory loss is seen with irritability, also called as pseudo dementia.
so as per my opinion visit a good psychiatrist and take opinion, proper diagnosis at earlier stage will help in easy recovery.
Hope I cleared your doubt.
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Answered: Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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