If you, or someone you know, is experiencing significant memory loss, confusion or problems with language and decision-making, then it is important to seek an assessment from a doctor.
Sensing these types of changes can be frightening – and wanting to avoid a possible diagnosis of dementia is a very normal response. However, a professional assessment is vital because there are many things which can cause memory problems.
What can cause memory problems?
There are many possible causes of memory problems:
- Common health conditions including depression, thyroid problems, chest or urinary tract infection.
- Emotional ordeals such as bereavement or trauma
- If you sometimes experience disorientation, this may be the result of sight or hearing problems, or the side effects from certain drugs.
Whatever the cause of memory problems, a diagnosis is important for getting you or the person you’re concerned about the support and treatment you need.
What if it is dementia?
For some people, receiving a diagnosis of dementia can come as a relief. Being given an explanation for the symptoms that they may have been experiencing for some time allows them to begin a process of adjustment. It can also be the catalyst for starting a conversation with relatives and accessing suitable treatment and support.
Click below to listen to Dementia Adviser Tamsin Hudson and head of service Peter Johnson discuss why it’s important to seek a diagnosis early – regardless of whether you are diagnosed with dementia in the end:
NHS Oxford Health: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/service_description/memory-services/