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My father-in-law suffered anxiety w/depression after my brother-in-law committed suicide.  After many months, med's started working & things seemed better.  8 months after the death, his wife had an unexpected heart attack & died.  Still on his med's from prior tragedy, he was seemingly doing well.  Unknown to us, med's ended Oct 2007 & by Dec 2007 anxiety was back.  This time symptoms have seemed to progress faster than last time.  He has physical symptoms that we have been ruling out with the doctor for physical causes (his lack of belief that anxiety/depression is the cause).  He has been on med's again for 5 weeks, but they are not doing their job.  The psychiatrist has boosted & changed his med's to help speed up treatment, but so far not good.  Bipolar disorder runs in his family & so does alzheimers disease.  Could anxiety/depression cause these disorders to rear their ugly heads?  Is there a test to determine what is neurological, psychological and/or physical?  We just don't know what to think.
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Hi Sheri, The answer to your question about if stress etc. could speed up the progression of Alzheimers, yes it can. Even having surgery or any major change, sickness etc. can effect the disease. Is he on any medication for the Alzheimers? If not Aircept is very effective. I f he is on Aircept make sure that he does not miss a dose, doing so can take up to 3 weeks to get back to where he was at. It may appear that he is declining fast, (if he misses a dose), as I said he will get back to the same stage he was at, but will take the 3 weeks to notice any change for the better. Also make SURE he drinks plenty of water!  If he isn't this will make a big difference in him mentally. Let me know if I can help you any further.
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