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In Home Psychiatric Care

In Home Psychiatric Care

Yesterday my husbands doctors office called and told me his doctor wanted me to call my husbands insurance company and request in home psychiatric care. Apparently I have to call myself and initiate the request. Does anyone have experience with psychiatric care visits and did you find them useful?

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husband is on the same two Alzheimer’s medications you mentioned. He does see a geriatric psychiatrist, which has been very helpful. The first two years no medication was prescribed by the psychiatrist. Several months ago he prescribed an antidepressant to my always-mellow husband which has had a tremendous positive effect. Husband is a bit more outgoing and cheerful and a lot less agitated.

edited, originally posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Eva, no direct experience with a psychiatrist. However, I did find a brief, interesting article on mood disorders on the Mayo Clinic website. If your husband’s symptoms match any of these disorders, then perhaps a psychiatrist can help.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/...

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husbands pc put him on an antidepressant and it has really helped him

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I’ve been under psychologist are since before my AD diagnosis. I do telephonic appointments because I sometimes will flat refuse to go to an appointment. She works along with my neurologist. I’m not on antipsychotics. My psychiatrist helps me the most with symptoms and meds. Good luck.

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husband went through 5 antidepressants because his symptoms seemed to be depression. Even one anti psychotic. He ended up in the hospital dehydrated and malnourished and he couldn’t walk. Before that he was walking the dog. It seemed he had a reaction to the antipsychotic. He came home in an ambulance. We finally had a testing session with a neuropsychologist who spent about 5 hours with him. His diagnosis was vascular dementia. He finally really looked at his scans. It showed previous stroke we didn’t know about and reduced functioning of frontal lobes. He is also hyper sexual. The frontal lobes control sexual feelings which explains it to me. Neuropsychologist diagnosed him as moderate to severe. He thought that all the psychiatric medications contributed to his condition. He had many different ones and I said no psychiatric medication or Alzheimer’s medication. His brain has been mixed up enough. Trying one or two would not be a problem for you to try. I take an antidepressant and I know it has helped me. I just don’t think it’s good to try a lot. I feel for you. So sorry. It’s a terrible disease and a rough life for a caregiver ❤️

posted 7 months ago
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