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Nothing could be farther from the truth. Was hospitalized years ago for this. Over 3 years ago my mom started to exhibit very odd signs. She was paranoid and thought police would come for her because she was convinced she owed money to people. She COULD NOT BE convinced by the rest of our family that this was not the case. She was so CONVINCED that she had no money, even though we showed her the bank account statements. She was hospitalized for a few weeks at that point. She spent time in a regular hospital and rehab. after that and miraculously showed lots of improvement. However, my brother said these signs are starting again for no obvious reason we can understand. Is there something you can explain as to what kind of sickness this is due to an obsession with a "lack of money"?

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I agree with ba8alou. The part of her brain that would reasonably respond to being shown tangible proof like her bank statements is broken. Treat her symptoms with meds. I know , this sounds like just drug the elderly. Well, meds have their place when used appropriately.
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If for any reason my mother misses a dose of her anti anxiety meds, she is convinced that she hasn't paid her taxes and that she's done something terrible and is going to H*ll. She weeps uncontrollably. Get your mom to a geriatric psychiatrist asap. Reasoning, showing her bank accounts does no good. In dementia, the reasoning mechanism is broken beyond repair.
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While she was hospitalized, I imagine they tried several different drugs before finding one that helped? My mom had paranoia and had similar fears that you've described, and they never actually figured out how to help her during a 10 day tx...it was another doctor who later prescribed an effective drug, at least for her it works wonders and she hasn't needed it for several months now. I would find out if she was on medication during the end of her hospitalization and rehab, as that sounds likely that she was prescribed an effective med. Good luck!
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