World Awareness Month 2018 is well underway and #DAI continues to run their daily series of #Hello my name is blogs to raise awareness of dementia and to share our members stories
However, this month, I am maintaining focus on my #BanBPSD blog series. Hence, I have put together the following list! Whatever we do, whoever we are, we must think about the complete medicalisation of normal human responses, which for the most part, has done far more harm than good. It has led to misleading us into thinking normal human responses are all due to the pathology of dementia, and need to be treated with medication or other forms of restraint.
30 Reasons People with Dementia may get Angry or Upset:
These are things anyone has a right to get upset about, not just people with dementia!
Please feel free to add this conversation, and list any normal human responses, that should not be classed as BPSD, and which with appropriate attention and support, the person should not need to be segregated, physically restrained or medicated.
My list above was inspired by this one of the Top 10 Reasons Kids get angry, which applies perfectly to why a person with dementia may get angry or upset, or may exhibit ‘behaviours’. Hence why I have modified and updated it to 30 reasons why people with dementia can quite reasonably become upset or angry.
It makes it reasonably clear most of the ‘symptoms’ as outlined in the BPSD guidelines, are normal human responses to the persons situation.
This is apart from a few very that are specific to the pathology of dementia such as hallucinations or delusions, or something like aberrant motor changes or sensory changes. I
For now, all I hope for is that we all think more deeply about it…