As babies we can’t communicate verbally, so we have to let our parents and others around us know by other means when we are hungry or uncomfortable. While we may not always recognise it, the same thing happens as we grow into adulthood. Of course, we can now verbalise our needs and discomforts, but some things just change our moods and behaviours and we feel we can’t do anything about it – when we’re hungry and tired, for example. In fact, an expression has even been coined for that one. ‘Hangry’ is when we get angry and moody just because we are hungry and tired!
There are so many things about our stressful work and personal lives, our changing hormones, and our state of health, that can affect our mood and behaviour. However, when our personalities begin to change and we become unrecognisable to close family and friends, it is important to make sure that Alzheimer’s isn’t the cause.