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Old 08-20-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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is it possible to get early onset alzheimers at 18

im just wondering if this is possible, my mom has it and she is only 53, and my memory is very bad, and i feel like it might of gotten worse, though i also take lamictal, which i heard is a side, but im not sure if its from the lamictal or not, so anyways is it possible to get early onset at 18?

 
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Re: is it possible to get early onset alzheimers at 18

I have never heard of any form of dementia starting that early. Even early onset ALZ doesn't start until the 40's. It could be a side effect of a medication you are on, depression, or other medical problems that could be treated. If you have concerns then you need to take them to your physician and have a complete physical.

I do hope you find the cause of your concerns.

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Re: is it possible to get early onset alzheimers at 18

Early onset Alzheimer's refers to people getting it in their late 40s or in their 50s. Once a person is 60 and gets it, it is not considered early onset any longer. But at 18, no.

There are various other reasons for forgetfulness, including drugs, alcohol, brain injuries or growths, illnesses, psychological problems - you need to see a physician and discuss your problems with him or her. Good luck!

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