My Mother has PPA (primary progressive aphasia) along with other aspects of dementia. She has begun having excessive moods in which she becomes quite agitated. How do I deal with these mood swings?

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My Mother has PPA (primary progressive aphasia) along with other aspects of dementia. She has begun having excessive moods in which she becomes quite agitated. She cries and makes fearful sounds and says she is scared or that she doesn't know what is wrong. Then a few minutes later she is okay. Her mood goes up and down, mostly down and she becomes quite distressed. We try talking to her, holding her, letting her know she is safe. It is hard to know exactly what she is afraid of because of her inability to use language. We tried Paxil with no success and now are trying Lexapro but it doesn't seem to be helping either. We will be going back to the doctor in a week or so to see what else we can try. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can deal with her issues now, before we get to the doctor? Her distress is making my husband and I very stressed because we just don't seem to be able to ease her suffering. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Looking for anyone in the Bucks County, PA. area who is sharing my life...providing a home and being chief caregiver to a parent with Alzheimer's...by no means wealthy, I work full time... this horrible desease has consumed my every waking minute, would like to share stories and perhaps learn from others experiences with others who also realizes the toll this takes on your own life and the realization that the parent you looked up to and loved your whole life isn't really there anymore....
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Please look at the thread, I am new and stressed out with mom, no real answers,
it would be nice to communicate and real eve ourselves of pressure.
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You know my mom has PPA and know body around our area knows ____. She is being obsessive,she threatens suicide, she apreciates my sister and I but wants attention; its new to us also, we live in San Luis Obispo County, and their is no help/services, i'd really like to keep in touch, seriosely, Sis says mom will be in a "home " in a number of months. this sucks ...As our father had Alzheimers for 8 years,mom had symptoms of languages problems but everyone thought it was stress. well whoohoo...care giving continues... dad 8yrs. and mom the following 2 and a half ..
anyone with a parent with Primary progressive aphasia
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A doctor that can prescribe psych meds would be appropriate there are some meds that help with clarity for dementia patients.
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