Receiving a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment can trigger a variety of feelings and balancing these emotions is an important part of coping. Caring for someone with dementia can also be both rewarding and challenging. As the person with dementia changes across time, you may find that your reactions and relationship also change. A Clinical Psychologist can provide a safe and confidential space to talk about your feelings and provide assistance with adjusting to the situation.
Psychological issues, such as anxiety and depression, are common in people with dementia. Typical symptoms of depression can include feelings of sadness and worthlessness, a reduction or loss of interest or enjoyment in activities, low energy/fatigue, sleep disturbance, loss of appetite and/or weight, agitation, changes in memory and concentration, among others. It is important to note that depression and anxiety are not a normal part of aging or dementia.
Treating psychological issues that can accompany dementia or cognitive decline can significantly improve quality of life, one’s ability to participate in activities, and assist in maintaining function and independence. A Clinical Psychologist is able to complete an assessment of your mental health, and provide evidenced based treatments to manage such conditions.