My mom was officially diagnosed with dementia last summer. She also suffers from anxiety continually, like every 10 minutes or even less she is telling me she has anxiety. She needs a pill. Unfortunately she got addicted to different benzos. Her previous doctor knowing this was a problem did not seem to care. His words were at her age "I don't care if she is addicted." Yeah but he did not have to deal with her being so sedated she would drag her feet and slur her words, starting fires while cooking forgetting something was on the stove.
She was very out of it one day and fell down the stairs, chipped her tooth and hurt her leg. Her doctor was not in so we saw someone else and I take it as a blessing because he listened to my concerns about her abusing Ativan and then Clonazepam. We weened her off. It has been a nightmare. Tried several different medications which she had bad reactions to. The past month he prescribed her medical cannabis - CBD oil twice a day. It calms her but she continually complains about anxiety. I don't know how much it is anxiety, how much it is she is bored and needs a pill, how much of it is withdrawal from the clonazepam, how much of it is no short term memory - the dementia - so she just keeps repeating herself. The anxiety is real to her and she wants a pill.
She had a routine every night like clockwork she would hunt for pills (I had to lock them away). She'd take whatever she could find - even vitamins. I associate a lot of that with her sundowning but now the doctor wants to give her THC in the evening to help her sleep. She doesn't allow me to sleep always wanting a pill, always about her anxiety. I am lucky to get a couple of hours of sleep a night. I feel helpless because I don't know how to help her.