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Old 06-04-17, 07:59 AM   #1
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Default Shouting Repeatedly in the night - Dementia?

Hi Everyone,

Last night my partner started shouting @03:20 until 04:00 hrs. He continually shouted "water", "they even give dogs water", "even dogs have rights". There were other phrases that he's often said before, but not loudly: "humiliation" and "I hope to die". He didn't actually want to drink the water we always have at his bedside.

I began to think about Dementia as the possible cause of his endless repeated bursts of speech.

He wore himself out to the point of exhaustion @ 04:00 hrs telling me to go away. However, I really don't know what to do except speak to his GP.

Does anyone on the message board have any experience or ideas?

Thanks for reading my question as this behaviour is extreme.

Best wishes from Raphael ��

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Old 06-04-17, 02:32 PM   #2
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Hi Everyone,

Last night my partner started shouting @03:20 until 04:00 hrs. He continually shouted "water", "they even give dogs water", "even dogs have rights". There were other phrases that he's often said before, but not loudly: "humiliation" and "I hope to die". He didn't actually want to drink the water we always have at his bedside.

I began to think about Dementia as the possible cause of his endless repeated bursts of speech.

He wore himself out to the point of exhaustion @ 04:00 hrs telling me to go away. However, I really don't know what to do except speak to his GP.

Does anyone on the message board have any experience or ideas?

Thanks for reading my question as this behaviour is extreme.

Best wishes from Raphael ��
Hi Raphael

Steve would shout out "Hate!, Hate" in the night for ages. He seemed to be doing it in his sleep and not necessarily directed at me in the sense of engaging with me in any form of conversation.

Before you go to your GP; who might start talking sleeping tablets or anti-psychotics (both of which can lead to other issues) I would open up a word doc and do a chart of when it occurs; what is being said and how long it lasts. Also note what has happened in the hours leading up to going to bed as there could be some form of trigger?

My poem 'The Night Fighter' talks about Steve's thrashing about in bed and shouting. It was as if he was letting all his frustrations out of his system where his body had a chance to relax in bed.

If your Partners' episode was a one off it could have been triggered by something he has seen on TV or read or happened in his day which played on his mind and needed to be released. If it continues, and the GP feels meds are needed, if you have a pattern to look at it could help identify the route to treatment better.
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Old 06-04-17, 09:44 PM   #3
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Hi Trish,

Thanks for your helpful advice. It makes sense to keep a record of John's outbursts at night. I talked about this with him this morning and he said I didn't give him water because, when I told him it was the middle of the night, he believed that he was not allowed water! But I did actually offer him water, as did the night duty carer... Many times. There's clearly a strong emotional malfunction in his thinking which is difficult to understand except that it's caused by Huntington's disease I'm sure.

I've spoken with the Community Matron service and received very good advice including that they will contact the GP by email to ask him to home visit to review John's condition. - I take your point about dangers of sleeping tablets etc.

The GP phoned this afternoon when I was out shopping so I'll email him details. I'm very grateful to you for replying to me Trish. John's gradually less mobile and not so easy to understand but I persevere to find a way through the maze that is Huntington's disease.

Best wishes from me, Raphael ��
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Old 13-04-17, 08:49 AM   #4
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Hi my brother is getting worse , of course and I try to get through the maze too .

I have heard of people shouting at night but can't offer any ideas .

I wonder if you could tell me how your night care is organised as in the future I think this may be needed but because my brother is with me the maze that is funding and support is still puzzling me so any advice appreciated xxx
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