I joined talking point in Aug but this is my first message. My mother 82 years has been given a diagnosis and is on medication but it does not seem to be doing much. While I am managing to cope with the practicalities of her memory difficulty I am struggling to cope with the change in her character. She was a dominant woman but now she is sometimes very verbally aggressive. She also moves from laughing to tears and anger very quickly. It is hard to keep up with her reactions and I feel guilty that I have been cutting my visits short when I feel tired and unable to deal with her. I am also responsible for a severely physically and mentally disabled sister who also has dementia like symptoms. I am currently in battle with the local authority re my sister’s care and where as once I could have discussed this with my mum I now can't as I feel the stress would only make her worse. I feel bad even writing this message as there are full time carers who are coping with much more than I do on a daily basis.