My mother has battled severe depression most of her life, now I am afraid she has AD and it is absolutely breaking my heart because I have always wanted to finally see her happy and able to enjoy some of her life. Initally, the doctors just thought she had psuedo dementia from depression or maybe her medication. Oh how I wished that were the case. Her mother had AD begining at age 62 and battled it for over 15 years. My mother cared for her mother and has always made the comment that she hoped it never happened to her. That really gets to me. This has come upon her quickly and seems to be progressing rapidly every month. She is only 57. I have read many of your threads about your experiences and it has helped explain some of the things that are going on with her that the doctors either failed to metion or do not think is part of the disease. One in particular being, incontinence. My mother all of the sudden has lost control of her bladder. This is not an all day thing but maybe 1, 2, maybe 3 times daily. She intially started out being very disoriented, seemed to be slow at comprehending some conversations, not being able to distinquish a joke from a true statement, unable to remember taking her medicene. Some days her speech is very sluggish and she can't seem to get the right words out. In 3 mos. she is now repeating phrases over and over and cannot bath herself. She gets really moody and agitated at times with no recolection of her mood shift, she calls me over and over thoughout the day telling me the same thing each time, sometimes 1- 2 minutes apart. She still knows everyone but can only relate to people she has known for a long time. If her grandchildren are in the room she no longer acknowledges them. On some occassions she will say hi to them or make loving comments briefly and and few minutes later she no longer acknowledges them even when they are stading in front of her and talking to her. Its very sad to see but we all understand its not her She has lots of obsessions, preoccupied with smoking, getting food into her teeth. She will only eat soup because she is terrified of getting anything in her teeth. We have to watch how much she liquid she drinks at one time. One night she drank an entire gallon of tea not realizing it and begain vomiting afterwards. I now wonder now how much time we actually have with her. It came on so fast and is progressing even quicker. The diagnosis is not yet conclusive but, I am with her daily and have not dought in my mind that she does have AD. What are your thoughts?