I am a 44 year old male and I am experiencing symptoms that are similar to those of Alzheimer's or other dementia or it may just be severe depression. I have trouble remembering new acquaintances and I am now uncomfortable in social situations which is so strange for me as I used to be very outgoing and friendly. I also feel somewhat disconnected in social situations and its as though I'm in a brain fog or not fully alert to what's going on around me. I also used to be able to write very well but that is no longer the case as I struggle now to find the right words. Even in conversation it seems like my vocabulary is more limited than it used to be and I often find I can't think of the right words.
I am now sleeping about 12 hours at night and several hours during the day as nothing seems to sustain my interest anymore. I get so bored that I just want to lay down and sleep. I should also mention that I take a high dose of Adderall twice daily for ADHD and I've read that long term use of stimulants can cause loss of pleasure over time.
I have suffered with depression since childhood and its gotten much worse over the years and I am now on strong doses of two antidepressants as well as a mood stabilizer. In addition I have been going through some extremely difficult and painful life experiences over the last five years with no relief in sight so that is surely not helping the way I feel.
I am also finding that I have trouble remembering things, not so much like appointments or important upcoming events, but I struggle to remember things I've just learned or read. I am terrible with names and often don't remember meeting certain people when I see them again.
I also have a long history of alcohol abuse as I used to drink excessively on a nightly basis for about 10 years although I was able to function and hold down a job during that time. I have been sober for 5 years now but I still wonder if all those years of alcohol abuse may be part of my problem.
I should also mention that my paternal grandmother had Alzheimer's in her later years so that is also causing me great concern.
Please reply if you have any helpful feedback. Thanks