Q. My father is 65 years old now. He was very sociable, well adjusted, jolly kind of person. He is having high diabetes and high pressure for last five years. For last one year we are observing an excessive behavioral change in him that he is staying aloof, don't want to mix people. He is having excessive fear in outing, he has a constant fear of dying due to this maybe he is not having food properly. He talks with self. He has complained us that he is having heaviness in his abdomen and he has some insects inside abdomen biting him. But there's no such report has come in USG. His mood is always low. These days he also lying to us. He has grown a fear in bus as well. I'm very much confused with all of these. Please do help me
Don't get confused, You did the right effort of seeking psychological help.
As the problems/ history illustrated by you are:
1.Medically: High diabetes and Hypertension and on medicines.
2. Behaviourally: aloofness, loss of interest.
3.Affect and Mood: low and disturbed
4. Thoughts: loose association, inappropriate.
5. Perception: shaken, fearful, phobic
Dear, As you mentioned, previously he was fine but with growing age, he developed the behaviour abnormality.
1. First of all, share the symptoms with your physician, maybe the medicines he's taking did hormonal neurotic imbalance which leads to such abnormalities
2. As you already gone for ultrasound, which seems completely normal, it may be psychotic symptoms.
3. Feeling of insects in the stomach is Tactile hallucination( feeling of stimulus in absence of it)
4. Secondly, phobia ( fear that he will die), Delusion( false, firm belief) that he whatever he's saying is right although it lies for you.
5. Self-talking also is related to hallucination or autism. ( psychotic symptoms)
My piece of advice for you is:
1. Book ab appointment with psychiatrist, maybe he will go for psychometric assessment and put him on medicines ( antipsychotic)
2. Get second opinion from physician too, as we are taking father to see a psychiatrist.
3. Nutritional deficiency sometimes creates a gastric problem which he's feeling abnormal in his stomach, follow proper diet plans, increase the frequency of food rather than quantity,
3. Keep dad in supervision, divert him more towards indoor activities and games.
4. Connect him to the spiritual world, take him to temple.
5. Morning walk, yoga, meditation will bring result.
6. Don't delay, otherwise, symptoms will increase.
So, my empathetic advice, don't get confused, it's you to act and make him back the lovable, jolly as he was.
Hoping for his early recovery.
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