I’m concerned about my own memory. Should I take a dementia test?

If you are concerned about your memory loss and the risk of dementia, it is vital that you seek an early diagnosis. An early diagnosis of dementia means you have a better chance of accessing available treatments, therefore reducing the anxiety about your symptoms. Seeking professional help means you are taking control of your health, maintaining your independence and quality of life, while helping those around you.

Dementia diagnosis and treatment

We understand that it can be difficult to admit to yourself and your family that your memory isn’t quite what it used to be. That’s why we have designed a discreet and confidential service for those seeking professional help. From an initial assessment, our qualified clinicians can recommend the next step so that we can help you find the right diagnosis and provide personalised treatment options.

Being forgetful doesn’t necessarily mean you have dementia, it can be a natural sign of ageing. However, if any of the following symptoms described by Age UK are persistent and affecting your daily life, they may be indicators of dementia:

Are you struggling to remember…

  • the date and day of the week?
  • names of people, places or objects?
  • what happened recently?
  • where you put something?

Are you finding that…

  • your thoughts or memories are clouded?
  • it takes you longer to process information?
  • you struggle to follow conversations or find the right word?
  • you regularly get yourself in a muddle?
  • your decision making is affected?

Do you feel confused, for example…

  • getting lost in a familiar place?
  • forgetting where you were going or how to get home?
  • losing track of night and day?
  • having problems with spatial awareness?

Do you struggle to follow things, such as…

  • the thread of conversations, particularly in groups?
  • television programmes, books or newspaper articles?
  • repeating words or forgetting what you were saying mid-sentence?

Do you experience personality changes, such as…

  • mood swings?
  • becoming irritable or short-tempered?
  • losing interest in hobbies and socialising?

How can we help?

If you are concerned that you might be suffering from memory loss, Psychiatry-UK offers a range of services aimed at providing the right diagnosis and treatment. Our qualified clinicians can support you through the whole process.

Ready to book your appointment?

There are a couple of ways you can book your Memory Assessment.

  1. You can call our friendly and knowledgeable patient services department, who will be happy to book a date and time that suits you on 0330 124 1980. There are very short waiting times, and we do not need a referral from your GP.
  2. You can complete an online booking form, and someone from our team will contact you to book via email if you prefer. Please ensure you choose Memory/Dementia from the list of available treatments.