Feelings and emotions
Now that you have been diagnosed with dementia, as with any other medical diagnosis, you may experience a whole range of emotions. It will take time to adjust to the diagnosis.
These feelings may change as the dementia progresses. None of this is unusual. You are coping with something new and your brain is not quite the same as it was. No-one can tell you how that change will affect you.
You should continue with your usual routine as closely as possible, including getting out and meeting people. This can offer reassurance and provide memory prompts. Some people find that keeping and following a diary helps with day-to-day tasks and routines, and keeping appointments. If you feel that some of your interests or hobbies are now too demanding, you may need to make some adjustments or alternatively, concentrate on other interests that you enjoy. You will find that there are still a lot of activities that can give you satisfaction and enable you to meet new challenges.
You and your GP
Although there is no cure for dementia - and it’s also a progressive condition - you should still visit your GP if you notice changes. You may have other conditions so the changes you have noticed may not be as a result of dementia, it’s essential that you get them checked out.
In some cases, your feelings and emotions may be a sign of depression, which can be treated.
Before any visit to a GP or health professional, write down questions you want answered - it’s sometimes difficult to remember everything at the appointment. If you don’t understand anything, ask them to explain and, if necessary, write things down for you. You could also ask a carer or friend to go with you.