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Bad Behavior - Strange Obsessions

 

Saving tissues, worrying if it’s time to take their meds, constantly picking at their skin, hypochondria…these types of obsessive behaviors disrupt the daily lives of elderly parents and their caregivers. Obsession is sometimes related to an addictive personality, or a past history of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

 

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What to do if your elderly parent is exhibiting obsessive behaviors


View your parent's obsessive-compulsive behaviors as a symptom, not a character flaw.


Watch for signs that certain events trigger your parent's obsession. If the obsession seems to be related to a specific event or activity, avoid it as much as possible.


Do not participate in your parent's obsessions. If you have helped with rituals in the past, change this pattern immediately. Family and friends must resist helping with ritual behaviors.


Obsessive behavior can be related to several other disorders, including anxiety, depression or dementia.  Obsessive disorders can be treated by mental health professionals, so make an appointment on your parent's behalf. Therapy and/or medication may be the answer. Investigate therapy groups, outpatient and inpatient programs in your area.

 
 

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