Hello everyone, this is my first post. My 84 year old mum has been suffering from severe short-term memory loss for 10 months. She has not been diagnosed with AD and her cat scan didn’t show any stroke damage, but her symptoms developed so suddenly that I think she had a small stroke. At first these symptoms were accompanied by quite bad early morning depression, though this gradually disappeared throughout the day until in the evening she was pretty much her old cheery self.. She was put on Citalopram some months ago and this has done wonders for her morning depression. Her mental health consultant agreed to try her on Aricept 5 weeks ago, with no noticeable effects so far, but her morale is still very much at its worst first thing in the morning when she feels at her most confused and also very tired, and yet as before she improves throughout the day and is good company in the evening, and sometimes can even joke about her condition. Do others suffer the worst of their symptoms in the early morning in this way? Is this pattern typical? I would be very grateful to hear about others’ experiences. Linus.