I was diagnosed with dementia a few months ago. I'm going in and out of depression. I have limb tremors and memory problems, lack of concentration, forgetting where I put things, fear of fire, so I can't use the stove. I'm taking Aricept for memory and Primidone for shakiness. I want some support. Every day, all day, I think of losing my mind. I'd so deeply like to chat. Thank you and may the peace of God be with you. Anna
Hello Pickles - Sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis of dementia and the subsequent depression which has been brought on by this. I hope that your medications start to help you. Whist I don’t suffer from depression myself I do have memory problems and limb tremors due other conditions. I cannot use the stove either but for a different reason, as a result of this I eat a Raw Food Diet. No cooking necessary and it is a healthy diet. Very good recipes on Y/tube. This could help in the meantime and you do not need to be 100% raw, I am not. I am a former RN but my training and subsequent employment did not cover this condition as in the UK you have to decide what ‘branch’ of nursing you want to specialise in before you start your training.
I say this as my knowledge of how best to cope with this condition and the best medication regime is limited…I just remembered my very good friend who is a Dr, her Father has recently been diagnosed with this condition. I can ask her about treatment etc if you would like me to. I don’t know if you are alone or have family/friends around but they can be a great source of help too – Take care and best wishes.
Hello Anna... I surely can feel for you. One of the things I could suggest to you is to try working on cross word puzzles. It will help you focus and really work your brain. I surely don't want you to think about losing your mind all day. It isn't healthy for you plus it stresses your body out in negative ways. I appreciate you are a child of God and being a child of God... talk to HIM as you need for comfort and support. In those quiet, meditative moments... surely HIS hands will embrace you, giving you rest from your struggles and comfort that only HE can provide. It is such a personal relationship, you know. I have cried myself to sleep while praying and talking out loud just like HE was sitting there with me in times of need.
We are ALL sisters and brothers here... we are here to support each other and I hope others will chime in, too. I am getting ready for a pre-op appt. now and will be gone a few hours. I also don't know how long it will take this post to show up. All of my posts are being monitored... such a pity to hold such animosity toward people who only want to help and support others... if I don't respond immediately, it is only because my posts are being held up. The time of my post is 1:28pm so let's see how long it takes to show up.
Be safe, be well and take good care of YOU because you ARE worth it!
So sorry to hear about your diagnosis a few months ago. I don't have dementia, but I do suffer from horrible depression and with all the medications I have to take between my depression/anxiety problems and my horrible pain, that I also suffer form memory problems and lack of concentration. I know how frustrating that can be, I have always loved to read and now I can't concentrate long enough to read a page and know what I read. You don't say if you live alone or not, or have any friends that stop by, if so don't be afraid to ask for help. That's one of the toughest things for me to do, and most of us who have been so independent all our lives. I do however believe in quality of life, rather than quantity, since we never know when God is going to call us home, so try, as hard as it may be to look at each day as something to celebrate! Do what you can and if you find on certain days that you can't do certain things, don't beat yourself up. We all have those days! No matter what we suffer from! I've found everyone on this site to be kind, understanding and always available to listen or help! Please continue to come back and chat whenever you like, there's always someone here to talk with. About anything too, doesn't have to be about illness or pain, we'll pretty much talk about everything! God Bless you for reaching out, that takes a lot of guts!!!
Dearest Anna Pickles:) So good to hear from you with all your good and positive news!
You are doing an excellant job taking good care of yourself and dealing with your illness..Your new diet sounds like it's doing the right job for your digestion. I'm
very glad you have found a caretaker to check in with you. Your mind sounds
just Great, reading all your sweet replies. Yes, my dear, we all care and are
thinking about You, for the next 20 years! Love, DD*
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