Do you think you may have dementia and want to understand the process of receiving a diagnosis?
If you are worried about your memory and have noticed a change in your personality, behaviour, memory, or communication it is important to consult with your GP. It is beneficial to visit your GP, as they will be able to help you understand these changes and, in some circumstances, diagnose you and help with treating your condition.
First, book a consultation with your GP to discuss your concerns and symptoms.
If needed, they will book you in for another appointment and conduct an examination, take blood tests, and ask you specific questions to help them understand your symptoms.
Your GP will try and find out when your symptoms started, what your symptoms are etc so it may be helpful to take a family member or close person with you to help with answering any questions.
Your GP may ask similar questions to the below. This helps them to gather more information and to test your memory and cognitive functions:
- When did your symptoms start?
- Has it been progressing, or have your symptoms been similar for a long time?
- What is the date, year, and time?
- Complete a drawing
- Repeating questions & answers
If they feel it is required, your GP may refer you for a brain scan to identify any medical conditions.
If all other medical conditions are ruled out, then your GP will refer you further to a specialist, this could be a dementia specialist or at a memory clinic.
The memory clinic or specialist will take a more detailed medical history and discuss your symptoms with you. It is again helpful to have someone you live with or a family member, attend the appointment so the specialist can gain as much information as possible.
Once you have attended all your appointments, you should have clear knowledge of your diagnosis, any treatment you can receive and what support you can access in your local area.
If you or your loved one is reluctant to visit a GP due to feeling nervous. Get in touch with your GP as they may be able to arrange a home visit.
We know a dementia diagnosis can be a huge shock and a very intense emotional journey. It is normal to feel different emotions. It is important you talk about your feelings and ask for support.
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