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Father In Romania

Question:

My father is 80 years old. He was chemical engineer and had a production manager position for a long period. He retired on 1977. In the last two years he started to loose his interest in life and after the death of his younger brother in an accident his mental state is worse. We live in Romania and here the possibility of offering good assistance in an asylum is out of discussion so I try hard to help him, my mother and myself. I tried several treatments usually drugs for brain stimulation (sermion, doxepin, tanakan, nicerium) but the result was in giving him an agitation and everybody was unhappy I stopped and continued with tioridazin one tablet before going to bed. He was silent for a while but he started not to sleep the whole night and not to let the others either. He cries a lot and has moments of angriness against everybody and sometime against my mother very strange because they were a perfect couple. He hasn’t lost his interest in sex and is very unhappy of not being able to perform I really have no idea of the treatment to follow and the reality is that I have very few time to spend with both of them. Maybe you can give me a suggestion.

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Answer:

Your father may have any number of things going wrong with him right now. He could be depressed, dementing (Alzheimer’s?), have had a series of mini-strokes, etc. or even some combination of these possibilities. If he is drinking, help him to sober up as best as you can – alcohol or drugs will only make things worse. Do not try to be your own doctor – that will be dangerous for him unless you are yourself a properly trained physician. He very much needs to be properly diagnosed. This is the most important thing that can happen, as all proper treatment needs to stem from a solid diagnosis. If you cannot have him properly diagnosed in Romania, can you somehow get him to a place where a proper diagnosis can take place? I appreciate that this may be an impossibility, but any reasonable chance of getting a proper diagnosis made will be important for you to follow up on. Good luck.

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