My mother is nearing 90. She has changed over this last year--not nearly as active, often tired, and has been losing weight. We have a caregiver coming in 6 hours a day to drive her around and assist in daily chores, as she does not want anybody living with her. Occasionally, she shows bouts of confusion but comes around and resumes normalacy. In addition, she still enjoys going out with her friends and family for lunches and will take 1 mile walks when the weather is not unbearably hot. She can be strong willed at times and challenging but never in a violent mannerism.
Since my mom is in FL, the woman takes her to her doctor appointments and reports back to us. Recently, the caregiver told her doctor that my mother was depressed and overly anxious which lead to his prescribing 20 mg. of celexa. I speak to my mother 3X a day and my sisters and I do not see that this is depression. After calling the doctor, he agreed that his diagnosis was strictly based on the caregiver's account. I am not going to go into details but this woman seems to want my mother to be so dependent on her that she can get more hours. If this is early alzheimer's or dementia what will celexa do or not do to alter the brain chemistry? I know it is an SSRI and don't want to put her on anything that is couterproductive.
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