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Getting a diagnosis

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 so that: 

  • Conditions with comparable symptoms including depression, thyroid problems, chest or urinary tract infections can be ruled out or treated. 
  • Other reasons for disorientation may be identified (e.g. sight and/or hearing problems; the side effects from certain drugs etc.). 
  • Emotional ordeals such as bereavement or trauma are acknowledged and supported. 

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.  

Further information

Alzheimer’s Society: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/symptoms-and-diagnosis/diagnosis/adjusting-your-diagnosis 

Dementia UK: https://www.dementiauk.org/understanding-dementia/getting-a-diagnosis/ 

NHS Oxford Health: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/service_description/memory-services/ 

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