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athgarvan

Dementia

images4XO3P6FQBecause I now experience more and more difficulty with memory I have been reading articles on Dementia - I shudder at the thought of using the term "Alzheimer's". Am I being morbid?

I see my mind as "me".  My mind is my essence. It can be frightening to consider losing that self or having it impaired. I can't decide which is more frightening: to lose myself, or to be myself but not be able to show it.

I understand that in the early stages of dementia changes are slight and it is possible to continue to do lots of things. One may:

• forget things easily, repeat things frequently,
• experience problems with language, such as appearing to be stuck for words or losing track of a conversation,
• find new situations or places confusing,
• show poor judgement or find it hard to make decisions,
• lose interest in other people or activities,
• be unwilling to try new things,
• experience low mood, become anxious or withdrawn,
• feel easily frustrated or angry.

All of these I can identify in myself. How should I be reacting?

Comments

I would be careful with lists. I'm the youngest in my family, and I see those things in all of my older family members, including "peers" who are nonetheless hitting their forties. They can also be signs of other things - are you stressed? Do you have other medical issues? Are you on medication?

I also think it's more about extremes, honestly. But if you're concerned, either way see a doctor.

Edited at 2014-01-04 15:05 (UTC)