We just had an appointment with a new neurologist for my husband due to a move and he put him on Aricept. I had asked about meds for mood enhancement (he is also on Seroquel) because of his anger issues, unhappiness and restlessness. He said a psychiatrist could help with those types of meds so will refer us. So I was wondering who else had had any experience with assistance from a psychiatrist for your loved one with Alzheimer’s. Thanks for your help.
There are social workers with the Alzheimer's Society I've found them helpful to talk to on the phone or in person
My H Neurologist handles all meds, and his personal Dr. The neurologist suggested I see a psychiatrist which I do for meds, but if you want to see someone to talk to you need to see a Psychologist or mental health counselor. My h Dr suggests that I see one and have found a great one. I take my H with me sometimes and he basically talks about his Army years, the next day he doesn’t remember. It would be great for you to have someone to talk to.
Good Luck and God Bless.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the time to take care of yourself. The psychologist I see has been doing telehealth visits the last two months. That might be the answer for someone who can’t get away from the house. It’s not the same as being in the same room with her, but it is better than nothing. Medicare does pay for the telehealth visit, the same as if I went to her office.
Although my husband has not shown aggressiveness to date, our family doctor referred him to a psychiatrist because he said he was depressed (I don’t even know if he knows what depression means, but she put him on Wellbutrin. I’m starting to think that once the mind goes, no medications work, but I am not a doctor!
SEG Talking to a counselor would help you tremendously. I started seeing someone over a year ago, a psychologist who accepts Medicare so I don’t have any additional payments to make after Medicare and my supplement kicks in. I see her about once a month and feel that I’m going to make it through this difficult time taking care of my husband.