Dealing with Denial
If you have a family member or friend detected with early-stage dementia or Alzheimer's you may have noticed the denial. One of the trickiest aspects of early-stage dementia isn't necessarily the disease itself it's the denial.
The examinations have been done, and the diagnosis is complete. While you could be feeling sad and concerned, it's common for a loved one to deny their medical diagnosis. They may choose not to review it-- even if they've invested months or years experiencing signs and symptoms. For family members and carers, this rejection can be a challenge. Especially if you're trying to sort out useful methods to keep them risk-free.
Five reasons for dementia denial.
- They haven't yet seen their signs
- It's a coping device
- They might not bear in mind the diagnosis meeting
- They believe it's just part of growing older
- The preconception of mental deterioration
This is easy to understand for two core reasons.
Initially, admitting you have signs or indications of a condition makes it real. And as soon as it is genuine, it feels like it comes to be a part of that you are and begins to define you, to be the first thing individuals see.
Second of all, it indicates you need to start loosing control of parts of your life. Eventually, you know that you will be in an area where you will not know what is taking place around you.
Then, the mental problems start to appear to them. They recognise they've somehow failed to remember a vital responsibility, overnight. They understand that they've eaten morning meal twice today, failing to register the very first time.
They might not understand how they can remember minute details from 1973. But can't seem to remember the way to their local library. Then, a close relative responds oddly to something they've said. This leaves them with the creepy, foreboding sensation that something is wrong, but they're unsure exactly what it is.