Handling Speech Difficulties And Slurred Speech In Parents?
good afternoon doctor…rnDoc, it’s been a week to be exact, my father also wants to talk hard, sometimes he’s connected, sometimes he’s giddy. But he still knows me and my sister and my mother. My father also still recognizes my mother’s friends, my father’s friends and my aunt’s uncle. Daya’s father can still carry out his activities like a normal human being. My father can wash the car, remember prayer times, knows the types of food, takes a bath, even pushes the cupboard. He is strong and has energy. Just this morning, my father was brought to the ER, considering that my father has hypertension. After checking everything in the emergency room, it turned out that everything was normal.. and he said it was a dr factor in my father.. the doctor at the emergency room recommended that he be brought home but it was recommended to visit a neurologist…rnaccording to my doctor, what should I do? If I had suggested that I should be taken to a psychologist, because if you look closely, my father is normal like an ordinary person but his mind is all over the place…rnThank you, please answer yes..
Hello Aurra, thanks for the question for HealthReplies.com
Difficulty speaking and slurring or disjointed speech as experienced by your father can be caused by several conditions, including:
stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders
neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's
deficiency of certain vitamins and nutrients
side effects of certain drugs
thyroid hormone disorders
excessive alcohol consumption and use of illegal drugs
psychiatric disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, conversion disorder, etc
To be able to determine the cause, it's a good idea to take your father to a neurologist first. Before you can diagnose a psychiatric disorder that is causing your father's symptoms, it is necessary to rule out the possibility of a physical illness and the use of certain drugs or substances that can cause these symptoms. If in the end there is no certain physical disorder or the effect of certain drugs, then a psychiatric evaluation can be done on your father.
The tests that need to be done in evaluating a disorder like your father's can be quite a lot. Doctors can ask for blood tests, electrolytes, liver and kidney function, hormone and vitamin levels in the blood, CT scan or MRI of the brain, or other tests. Psychologists will not evaluate the overall physical condition so that if there is a certain physical disease, the condition may be missed and undiagnosed, therefore taking your father to a neurologist is the best option to do.
That's all the information from me, hopefully it's enough to answer
dr. Irna Cecilia