You generally don't need a specialist to diagnose suspected Alzheimer's, primary care practitioners evaluate and treat for this all the time. Which suggests to me that, yes, she thinks it's an anxiety issue. The initial screening for dementia would be a Mini-mental status exam. A psychiatrist would be familiar with this test.
That last sentence sent me googling. True they are familiar with dementia exams but not routinely performed. Most results were from dementia patients seeing a psychiatrist for emotional treatment due to disease. I didnt want to spend too much time googling due to fears.
Regarding the nurses' response from your doctor's office: From a medical perspective the response is reasonable one. But as a patient who seeks a lot of emotional support (perhaps too much?) from her doctors, I would honestly feel a little put-off or hurt by the short impersonal response. Knowing this of myself, I would then sit down and journal it out and remind myself not to read too much into the situation if I otherwise trust and like my doctor(s)
Good luck to you!
Yes I think it's quite funny that pretty much all symptoms of marijuana use match AD. I've been smoking pot for nearly 10 years and since the first month of smoking pot I noticed these symptoms. So common sense tells me these issues are due to MJ use. I noticed if I get a cold or flu and abstain for marijuana, i seem more razor sharp and much more articulate. So if it was EOA it would have progressed to the point of real short and long term memory loss.
I have kaiser permenante so I'm able to email my doctor for any concern. She's an awesome doctor and likes to give a battery of test to get to the point, rather than write everything off as stress, "it's all in your head" type of doc. However since I been with her for over 1 year, I sent over 40 messages and seen her over 12 times from everything from liver, pancras, kidney, lung concerns and was given MRIs, blood test, scans, ultrasounds and x-rays. and all were fine. She hates the thought of radiation but understands my fears. So imagine I annoy her more than anything.
Also I had ct scan on brain about 4 years ago because I was getting dull headaches (i went to ER) of course no doc would refer ct scan for headaches, unless other symptoms were occurring. My ct scan was clear if that means anything. But that was 4 years. And 4 years ago I had these same issues.
I;m obviously going through HA scare due to finding out my grandfather has it. I never research that disease before and I pretty much research every disease known haha
Thanks for support guys, very reassuring.