Dementia diagnosis and suicide

3 thoughts on “Dementia diagnosis and suicide”

  1. My take on this is that there is a need for better immediate post diagnostic support. No one’s talked to me formally about my feelings of being told I have a life limiting condition – one that will progress, but no one knows at what speed. People such as myself with an early diagnosis are fully conscious of what Alzheimer’s (or a similar disease) is doing to us. We know what it might do one day. But where’s the counselling about this? Losing part of ones brain, part of one’s personality, is a complex psychological issue – and not one that’s easy to come to terms with.
    I have developed my own ways of coping, but it’s a struggle. I get the impression that to the system once someone is diagnosed they are too often ‘left to get on with things’. After all, there’s no cure, so meducine has done its bit – well, that’s not good enough.

  2. I believe that a huge factor lays with how the diagnosis is delivered. I live with young onset, and I’m a dementia activist. With most of us, our diagnosis was delivered in such a negative manner, offering hope as to quality or expectation of much in the way of quantity. This plunges many unnecessarily into depression and suicidal thoughts. When introduced to the correct peer support, people are able to see that there is quality still left to them and that all hope is not lost. Suicides and depression post diagnosis are preventable.

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