Make sure your doctor is aware of your stress level as a caregiver, since stress could behind your feeling that you may be “losing it.” Other possible causes:
–New medications. These can cause havoc in your mind as well as your body.
–Medication interactions. Even if you have taken the same medications for years, your body changes over time. Ask your doctor to check your medications for possible interactions, and that includes over-the-counter medications, as well as vitamins and herbs.
–Emotional and physical stress. The stress could be from caregiving or something else that is bothering you.
–Infections. You may not be aware that you have developed a new infection that is distracting you. For instance, urinary tract infections are infamous for going “underground,” and then causing confusion, anxiety and even dementia-like symptoms.
–Sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can cause a host of problems, and many caregivers – especially those who have elders with Alzheimer’s – find that they get no more than an hour or two of uninterrupted sleep at a time. Nights are fitful, and the deep sleep needed for dreaming and for memory function isn’t happening. If you go too long with this cycle, you could quite possibly have some scary symptoms. If this is the case, it’s likely time to get some help with your caregiving.
How to Tell If You Have Early-Stage Dementia originally appeared on AgingCare.com