What’s the root cause?

Exploring the deeper reasons behind impatient and mean comments can help you address the root cause. Do you know what causes your impatience or meanness? When are you short-tempered?  What’s the pattern? Are you expressing anger toward the person with dementia when you are actually angry at the disease or having to handle situations you never thought would be part of your life? Maybe your sadness spills over in those moments, or come out as anger. Maybe you need to take more breaks or get more help.

For each root cause, there are strategies to try. Next, we’ll explore several root causes and active steps you can take to address them.