Re: Dementia causing health anxiety/depression?
Yeah that's pretty normal for dementia. They know something's wrong but they don't remember what it is. And as is in the case with my dad, he has other health problems and knows when he has pain. But when asked where the pain is, he typically tells us or points to one area and tells the doctor it's in a completely different area.
Dad suffers from depression too. Zoloft helped him with that and also curbed his aggression and anxiety.
It could be that your mom knows she has some terrible disease but replaces the name that she can't remember (dementia) with one that's all over the tv lately (cancer). So the word cancer is easier for her to remember than dementia.
Ask her doctor about giving her a mild antidepressant. If it doesn't work, you can always discontinue.
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