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After my mother's death (2009), my father is mentally disturbed. In starting everything is alright, but after the time spending up, father condition is more disturbing. My father is afraid of being dead by someone. He always use abusive words to others. React to dogs barking by using abuse words to them. Also he does not walk straight, slightly down towards left. Please suggest
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Ms. Sneha Bhat
Counselling Psychologist 3 yrs exp Bangalore
As you have rightly pointed out, your father being 70, seems to be under constant fear of death. Having witnessed your mother's death he is expecting death to come in any form, hence under constant pressure to fight it off. Elderly people could be helped to accept and integrate the idea of death into their life. Please talk to him whenever possible about his past and how his life has been meaningful so far. Stress on his achievements, could be at work or at raising so beautiful children who truly care. Also help me integrate memories of your mother and how she supported him in every way. Once he feels certain contentment about his life, he wouldn't be so fearful of death. Do consult a psychologist/psychotherapist/psychiatrist for one or two sessions of counseling which should help him further to gain acceptance. Good Luck.
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