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Jan 13, 2018 · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I have had this before. Over the years there have been times I’d wake up from a nap and feel”bad.” In my 40’s I had a lot of panic attacks that eventually led up to full blown depression. During that year of slowly returning to normal mornings were intolerable, then gradually as the day passed things were much better. I’m really thinking hormones might play a bit into this. Remember feeling a tad of it going through puberty and then menopause.
Anyway, things were great all through my midlife. THEN, 2 years ago, my husband of 45 years was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Now I’m dealing with that sinking feeling again right before I open my eyes in the morn. And, as before, it gets better as the day moves on. I have a card on my dressing table that reminds me that today is the day I was given, make something memorable of it. Thinking that way helps me focus on doing good, helping my loved ones or just having fun. I did not think this happened to other people. Did anyone in the group go for treatment for this and find the physician could help? Love to all❤️

Nov 9, 2017 · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Years ago I had clinical depression and it was awful in the morning, getting better towards afternoon and evening. I was going through menopause and had some issues that mentally drained me. Most of those problems I thought I had under control in day to day life, but eventually I had panic/anxiety attacks that led to my depression. It was horrible in the morning. I got through it and recovered. That was 20 years ago. In the last 2 years I’ve seen my husband develop Alzheimer’s. He’s been my love since I was 13. It’s terribly depressing and I try to stay calm and in the moment. I’m a Christian so I have my faith. That’s immense. But I’ve noticed some anxiety creeping up and have come close to the panic attacks returning. I can’t go there again, so I’m trying to use some of the techniques that helped me years ago. Sometimes talking with close friends, praying and meditating help. If it gets really bad, I will take a Xanax. I might have to do that once a week. Also, I think hormones fluctuate during the morning to evening, you might look into that. Stay healthy ❤️Christy

Jun 2, 2017 · Meet fellow Caregivers - Introduce yourself in Caregivers

Heidi, you’re such a good daughter to give back to your mom. I was a caregiver for my dad his last few years. My mom helped him some and he lived at home with her, but she wasn’t such a great companion at giving of herself and , frankly, she got on his nerves. I’m writing to you because my dad was practically blind and also had copd. I promise you, it is hard, but rewarding. I had so much fun with my dad as he got older and I loved him and respected him. He was an Iwo Jima Marine. I’m assuming you live with your mom? If so, then I know you have to wear lots of hats and maybe you don’t get much outside help. You have to take care of yourself. If you’re not getting a break and coming up for air, it gets to be overwhelming. And don’t try to be a perfectionist. You don’t have to. Just take one day at a time. Do the best you can and know that’s a good way to live. And when the day comes and hour job is done, you’ll not feel guilty, knowing you did the best you could. I say this all to you, because after my dad died 4 years ago, 2 years. Later, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Here I am being a caregiver all over again. We are Christian and decided from day one to live 1 day at time, do our best and not let it get us down. He’s doing well, but I know it’ll change and be very hard. But I have to be at my best and try to be uplifted. So, take care of your friends, ask for help and know you’ve been given a difficult job, but s rewarding one. God bless.. write me any time. Christy

Apr 18, 2017 · Meet fellow Caregivers - Introduce yourself in Caregivers

Thank you so much for your kind note. I’m sure i will be needing shoulders to lean on in this jpurney. Nice to vent here..God Bless

Apr 17, 2017 · Meet fellow Caregivers - Introduce yourself in Caregivers

I am the caregiver for my husband of 45 years. I fell in love with him when I was 13. Love at first sight! A few years back, my son that worked with him noticed some little changes. We went to a neurologist then and he didn’t think it was Alzeheimers. We followed up a doctor visit 2 years ago and he said the same thing. You’re fine, but let’s put you on a CPap. Last year we went again, right after my husband retired in March, and by then I was seeing small things that cropped up in his figuring out problems, here and there. Once again, after the 7 question test and chat, he said he thought he was fine. That’s when our family doctor, a personal friend called the neurologist back and convinced the neurologist he wasn’t “fine.”He has Early Stage and is taking both normal meds for AD. But I wasn’t happy with the confusing care we got in our town, so I had him evaluated by a psychcologist here, and we decided to seek care at UTSouthwestern in Dallas. What a difference! I know there is no cure, but they have done so much more than just let us just sit here a waste away. They gave us a top notch neurologist. She suggested a drug trial that he might enter down the road. She sent him to an endocrinologist he needed and by persevering, we got into a drug trial for Aducanumab this month. I’ve learned that since I’ve loved him so long I have to be the best advocate I can. He’s been a prince of a husband and father. We will fight this.Thank you for all you do!

Apr 15, 2017 · alzheimers in Brain & Nervous System

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Apr 13, 2017 · alzheimers in Brain & Nervous System

Is there a specific discussion group to join for Alzheimer’s? Moopy1950