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I think I might have dementia...

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

Many people who are living with dementia were initially misdiagnosed. Commonly, they are treated in the first instance with antidepressants and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the miskaken belief that their core problems are anxiety and depression - this is what happened to me. The problem was, I passed every memory test with flying colours (I still do). My advice to anyone who believes that they may be experiencing some degree of dementia would be:

  • Inform your General Practitioner (GP) of your suspicions

  • If you are not happy with your GP's response, ask to see a Neurologist

  • Don't give up.

We are all absent-minded from time to time. We all forget names, where we put our keys and what we went shopping for; that doesn't mean that we all have dementia. There may be another perfectly reasonable reason for your belief. Nevertheless, be brave and fight your corner until you get to the bottom of your problem.

The Alzheimer's Society can help you. Just phone 0333 150 3456 or go along to their website at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ You can read and download many useful publications and factsheets that will help you.



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Peter Middleton
Peter Middleton
May 27, 2020

Pam, if you feel that something is not right, you need to get to the bottom of it. If your GP won't take you seriously... Find another. And don't give up until you are happy that you've found the answers you're looking for. There is an army of people out there waiting to help you, you just haven't found them yet. Visit the Alzheimer's Society Web site for more info.

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Pam Eadie
Pam Eadie
May 27, 2020

I am often forgetful, particularly in my personal life. My husband Steve says it’s because at work I have to remember so much and for so many people, so when I get home there’s nothing left for “me”. I don’t think the menopause helping either...... How would someone know if it is more than just a few senior moments and time to consult a professional, and how do you get them to take you seriously?

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