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Experiencing confusion, distraction after mother's death, was her care giver. Worried about getting dementia?

I lost my mother four months ago. I am experiencing confusion at work. Things that I do normally, all of sudden has become a problem. I am a good worker and this has become frustrating. I am easily distracted and I think I hear instructions but evidently not comprehending like I used to. I am going to therapy through hospice. I was my Mom s care giver for the last few weeks with them. I am the one that found her when she died. In therapy, it was discovered that I am extremely lonely as my mom was also my best friend. I would call her several times a day. I am worried that I am getting dementia , My father s sisters all had allheizmers late in life. I am 61 years old and female.
Asked On : Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

It is possible that you have depression with anxiety after your mother's death. These could lead to confusion and memory lapses. It need not be Alzheimer's disease, based on your symptoms.

You require an evaluation by a psychiatrist as well as a neurologist to determine the underlying cause for your symptoms.

A CT scan of brain, vitamin B12 level, and thyroid profile may be helpful too.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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