My Dad repeats phrases over and over, and mutters under his breath the same phrases.
He seems to have only a small inkling that he is doing this, and at times says inappropriately mean things aloud which can be hurtful to those trying to help him. Where we might think something that we wouldn't comment on, he's just coming straight out with it. The constant repetition of phrases, and non-stop 'inner' chatter seems to be getting worse. I had a psychiatrist visit him and they are trying him on a different anti-depressant tablet, but it hasn't made any difference. The psych said that it may be part of the aging brain scenario, where like a scratched record that jumps each time it passes the scratch, the brain has a small fault which is doing similar. He does ok on the mini mental tests they do; scored 30/30 on the last one, but the problem seems almost like a dementia thing. Does anyone else out there have similar challenges? I know there is probably nothing I can do to help him if it's aging damage to the brain, but if anyone has any ideas or thoughts about it, I'd be interested. The constant chatter drives my Mother crazy (she is in rest home care with him, and has Alzheimer disease but is holding on not too badly at present, but Dad's chatter is something she gets angry about at times, and I wonder if it might cause her to lash out eventually). Neither of them wants separate rooms, so I guess it's a wait and see situation. If he could control the chatter it would improve the situation. He suffers deep depression and hates being in rest home care, so everything he says is negative....absolutely everything. I find it very draining, because it's like he doesn't see the good things I try to do, and I find myself getting very frustrated and depressed myself. I try not to think selfishly, but sometimes I snap momentarily and grumpily ask him to stop the talking, which he does for a while but then it starts up again. It can be so confusing, cause I dont' know if he's talking to me or just to himself at times. He's 93 and I try to always remember that maybe this is just 'par for the course', and I do try to be compassionate with them both, but it really wears my strength down at times. :(