Behaviors & Emotions

Some family members have a mental health diagnosis with symptoms that create challenges for the caregiver. Family members who have mental health or memory disorders exhibit various symptoms. Knowing how to handle emotional outbursts and changes in personality can be confusing and frightening for caregivers.

The information provided throughout the “How to Handle Difficult Situations” section provides guidelines and suggestions on what might work in emotional situations; however, keep in mind that every person and every environment is different. Try a variety of techniques to find what works best for your situation.

Person experiencing a hallucination and delusion thinking that someone is trying to harm her.


  Hallucinations   Hallucinations occur with mental and physical illnesses, often due to medications, low oxygen, or trauma. Therefore, don’t assume someone has a mental health condition if they start seeing something you don’t see or hearing voices you can’t hear. Waking up within an extended dream state or with hallucinations is one symptom that …

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Caregiver being screamed at by man in wheelchair

Approaching Someone Who’s Angry

Approaching Someone Who Is Angry   When someone with dementia or a mental illness is angry, they may not think clearly. Therefore, it is essential to use caution when approaching if they show signs of aggression. In addition, their actions may be unpredictable. Even close relatives may not recognize you and believe you are a …

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Helping Someone With Depression

To Help Someone Who Is Depressed, You Need to Be Able to   Recognize the Signs of Depression    Sometimes a person gradually slips into depression without realizing how low they have sunk. As their motivation to rise above the sadness is waning, you notice changes in their appearance and behaviors. If you notice some …

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK (8255)   Tips on How to Respond Quickly If Suicide Plans Are In Process If you feel that your family member or friend has a plan in progress about how to commit suicide, you need to take immediate action to help them. Therefore, evaluate the danger to the person and …

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Myths About Suicidal Thoughts

Myths About Suicidal Thoughts   People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.Almost everyone who commits suicide has given some clue or warning in advance. So don’t ignore even an indirect reference to death or suicide.  Statements like, “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” “I can’t see any way out” –even if someone claims …

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As a caregiver, it is often hard to know how to handle difficult situations such as depression in a loved one.

Feelings of Depression

Handling Feelings of Depression   Having feelings of depression affects millions of people. Both the caregiver and the care receiver suffer from depression in many situations.  Attempting to care for someone who feels depressed while feeling that way is particularly difficult.  If this describes your life, I encourage you to seek help from a qualified professional rather …

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Looking in the mirror only to find someone else there who is telling you what to do because they have been sent by witch to cast a spell on you incorporates both hallucinations and delusions concerns.

Hallucinations and Delusions

  Hallucinations and Delusions Seem Real     Hallucinations and delusions can both occur with mental illness, including dementia (Alzheimer’s.)  In fact, some people even hallucinations or delusions with infections, after anesthesia, with serious illnesses, or as a side effect of medications.  Therefore, you can’t assume that if your family member doesn’t have a mental …

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