My cousin, (in mid sixties) has severe dementia (Vascular and mixed) and is in Memory Care. She used to have a lot of anxiety and obsessions, but had drastic and positive results with Cymbalta, however, recently, she has begun to search in her wheelchair for her parents, who have been dead for many years. The director describes it as a young child looking for her parents. I haven't witnessed it, but I am told that during the day she is very anxious and worried that she can't find her parents and has to be repeatedly consoled. She also takes Seroquel (small dose) at night. The staff report no concerns with her at night.
So, we are discussing options with her Primary and also considering consult with Geriatric psychiatrist. What can I expect with that? My cousin won't be able to tell the doctor much as she is limited verbally. Do they prescribe meds and then see how that works, adjust meds, etc? Just want to know how it works with a psychiatrist and dementia patient who is no longer very communicative.