I have been taking care of my elderly mother for the last 3 years since she had a stroke. Before the stroke she showed many signs of paranoia. It has only worsened. I have been accused of stealing from her and tainting her drinking water and food among other things. She insists that people come on the roof of the house and steal the attic fan and relocate it. She has just recently become physical. She throws things at me and has pushed me. The doctor keeps telling me this is all normal for her situation but that does not make it any better. I, myself am on medication for anxiety and depression and I just feel like a trapped rat. I know that mom is no longer mom. There is no sign of love or compassion although there had been very little prior to her aging. I really need some guidance as to how to proceed so that we may both exist in a non hostile environment. Thanks to all who cope.