My Capgras Syndrome Dementia: Personal Story Imagine believing your husband is not your husband but an Imposter! and your home is not your home.
You want to find your husband and your home,this happened to my mum who was already suffering Dementia. Could life be any more cruel, this is Capgras Syndrome Symptoms
As a daughter this part of the whole Alzheimers Dementia illness my mum suffered for 6 years was the worst.
The one area of this insidious disease I remember very clearly.
I have written previous blog posts about my Mother on the topic of Alzheimers Dementia.
Capgras Syndrome Dementia Symptoms
Mum already diagnosed with Alzheimers Dementia and Frontal Lobe Dementia faced more frightening and upsetting days and nights.
Mum had Capgras Syndrome, Dad more so than me had to learn to cope better because he was the Imposter in my mums eyes. .
Thought to afflict people with Schizophrenia and some types of brain injury I guess the damage to mums brain with the Dementia is what caused this delusion syndrome.
Though that is only my assumption.
First Incidence of Capgras Delusion Syndrome
The first incidence of Capgras Delusion Syndrome happening for Dad that he became aware of was when coming home with mum after shopping.
They had gone out shopping for a suit for Dad for my daughters wedding.
Arriving home imagine the shock when mum said to dad “I don’t know if you will get to wear that suit”. Because you aren’t invited to the wedding.
And when dad asked why, he was told because my husband Ron will be taking me.
I don’t have to tell you dads reaction,disbelief of course and trying to reason with mum.
Trying to reason with the person with Capgras Syndrome Dementia is the worst thing you can do because it causes anger and frustration.
Seriously what you see is what you believe,the brain tells the person with Capgras Syndrome Symptoms that the person is not who they really are.
That the home they live in is not theirs.
Worse was when this happened in the evenings at bedtime,this person climbing into your bed is not your husband.
He is a stranger more anger and yelling and tears.
Can you even imagine how a lady born in 1930 was going to cope with a strange man in her bed, not well.
In fact sometimes mum said several different men appeared.
Capgras Syndrome Dementia and Me
I spent many times chatting to mum during these episodes having a cuppa telling her I understood and telling her I would sort it. Our chats did help calm her,bless her.
One of the worst times for me,I remember clearly as if it was yesterday was poor dad phoning me. Physically and mentally exhausted asking me to please come and help.
Mum was adamant that she wanted to go home to her own house,it was a horrible stormy night with sleeting rain and freezing cold.
Not a long drive for me only around the corner, I walked in, mum ranting and raving she wanted to go home and dad just shaking his head.
There was no talking mum around so I took the bull by the horns dressed mum as warm as I could. And hustled her out to my car.
I drove around town in the pouring rain up and down streets and NO mum could not recognize her house.
I drove to my daughters with an idea in mind,we all had a cup of tea and then I told mum I was phoning dad. To see if he was home and that he would be worried about her.
I got dad to speak to mum asking her where she was and was she coming home. Oh yes “she was on her way” she said, and off we went.
Back to where it all started. Dad hugging and greeting mum and she was oh so happy to have found her home. Amen
We worked out ways to cope as best we could I write about this in my next post.Then a miracle a medication that gave me my mum back.