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Discussion in 'Memory concerns and seeking a diagnosis' started by picnic, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. picnic

    picnic Registered User

    Jan 1, 2016
    4
    Manchester
    My dad is 74 and has always been very chilled. He's a different person. Angry, confrontational, aggressive, paranoid. Things are "being stolen" (for example someone has stolen a packet of biscuits from his car and re locked it) and people are "talking behind my back." He sees ghosts. He gets lost and confused at night, once sleeping naked in the dog basket (commenting 'I'll sleep anywhere). Memory clinic discharged him saying he'd had two TIAs but no sign of dementia. Things are quickly getting worse. In my eyes he is an alcoholic. He is dirty, scruffy and his language is embarrassing. He used to be so proud and smart. I'm getting no help from GP despite hammering their door down. What else can I do? I'm losing my lovely dad xx
     
  2. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,740
    Goodness me you are having awful problems and so is he, I'm so sorry.

    I'm a bit confused - is he drinking excessively?
    The symptoms you describe sound similar to dementia and TIAs are a part of vascular dementia. You are going to have to go back to your GP practice i think - perhaps if you don't have any faith in the GP ask to see the nurse first.

    Whatever the problem you need help and you need a diagnosis and quickly.
    Others will be along soon with their views and support xx
     
  3. picnic

    picnic Registered User

    Jan 1, 2016
    4
    Manchester
    Thank you sweet. Yes he drinks A LOT and has done for as long as I can remember. He hides bottles of whiskey around the house. More recently he's taken to eating his meals in the car on the driveway, so that the dog can't watch him xxx
     
  4. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
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    Merseyside
  5. notsogooddtr

    notsogooddtr Registered User

    Jul 2, 2011
    805
    It's all you can do,watch and wait
     
  6. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,740
    Oh dear - the link Cat sent is really helpful but it does mean you need help from the GP for a referral - can you get to see another GP in the practice - sometimes that works or you might just have to see the practice manager and say that your Dad needs urgent help and you'll report them to the Care Quality Commission if they don't give you/him some guidance and a referral
     
  7. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,740
    I would probably print out and take the leaflet along to the GP with me too, in case he is unaware!
     

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