Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any advice about the best methods of treating severe anxiety for people with dementia.
My grandma has vascular dementia and also depression. She had depression before dementia, however recently (and possibly due to a progression of her dementia or possibly due to being taken off her antidepressents for a few weeks?) she has been suffering from really bad panic attacks, feeling like she is going to die and is generally very unhappy.
She was admitted to hospital last week as she also had a throat infection which I think may have been increasing her anxiety. Since being in hospital her anxiety and also confusion has been worse than ever. The doctors have increased the dosage of her anti-depressant (citalopram) from 20mg to 30mg and are going to see if that works in the next three weeks. If it does not they have said they would like to try her on an anti-psychotic drug in a low dosage. However, due to the high risk of a stroke in this mediacation, I am worried about it.
I was wondering if anyone had any advice about anxiety and dementia. I just want my Grandma to feel happier and for her quality of life to improve.
Many thanks, Lizzie