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My wife is 75 years old and her attitude towards me has slowly

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My wife is 75 years old and her attitude towards me has slowly changed, she has locked me out of the house on 3 occasions, she accuses me of stealing her money and her jewelry, and she hides things because she thinks that I will steal them. She uses Zanax and Prozac but carries them around with her "for security". Her short-term memory has become steadily worse and she reads things over and over but does not retain any information about daily news etc.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.
This sounds like a cognitive disorder like delirium or dementia. You need to tell her doctors about these symptoms so they can do the appropriate tests which include bloodwork (vitamin B12, folate, & RPR on top of routine blood count, chemistry, urinalysis, & thyroid function) as well as a brain scan (CT or MRI).

Those are not my favorite medication choices for someone with her symptoms and her age. Make this a priority and contact them right away.

She may benefit from inpatient hospitalization in a geriatric psychiatry unit if the symptoms are severe enough; otherwise an outpatient doctor with expertise & experience in such is very important.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any clarification.

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