Ok so I posted earlier in December that my Mom was in a psych hospital. I need some guidance. Sorry for the long post, but i want to make sure I get everything in here
We had a family meeting last Friday at the psych hospital. The head psych doctor there said they've run tests on my Mother (60 years old) and there is nothing wrong "at all" with her brain. There are no signs of dementia and shes has major depression for the past 4 years that has gone untreated. Her neuro system shut down in response to her major depression the dr said.
It went untreated because we've been bringing her back and forth to doctors. No doctor was ever able to say, after running MRI's, Brain spects, neuro - cog testing, or spinal taps that it was dementia. They just kind of shrugged and said "well, she displays some symptoms of dementia. Shes depressed, her concentration is bad and she doesnt speak well. Go home and lets schedule another test". What happened was about 5 years ago my Mom complained of depression. Her regular MD put her on whatever popular anti-depressant was out then (prozac?). It didnt help. Then a few months later she quit work. She hit a parked car so she stopped driving. She basically shut down all together. We never believe it was dementia but were beginning to accept it because the Dr's could never put a finger on it. We've been to 3 neurologists, a "geriatric specialist" who specializes in alzheimers and dementia (Hes the one who told us to go to the psych hospital), 2 thyroid drs, several regular MD's, etc. It seems anti-depressants dont work for her as she was on at least 3 different ones for months and her depression snowballed. It finally led to psychosis - paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, aggression. Her memory has always been fine.
Im so confused. Ive been down this road before. A few years ago a Dr told us it was her thyroid to cause her to act like this. Problem was, shes been on thyroid medicine for years, the dr just adjusted it (it was so slightly out of whack it was barely negligble). Anyways I dont want to get excited yet. My mother has been in the psych hospital for 1 month and has had 2 ECT's (shock treatments). The Psych doctor says that after 3-4 shock treatments we are going to be in for a big treat! That sounds so wrong, but the shock treatments arent like what they used to be. They anesetize you and paralyze your body from the neck down so the shock stays in your brain.
Bottom line here is I need some guidance. Do I call the family and tell them what the psych doctor said or do I wait and see? I mean if the dr was willing to meet with me and tell me this they would be positive right? If this is true and she gets better Im going to call that medical mysteries show on the discovery health channel!
Im serious. What should I do - run with this and hope the Dr is right or just not get my hopes up yet?