When to seek medical advice

If you're worried about your memory or think you may have dementia, it's a good idea to see your GP.

If you're worried about someone else, you should encourage them to make an appointment and perhaps suggest that you go along with them.

Memory problems aren't just caused by dementia they can also be caused by:

  • depression
  • stress
  • medications
  • other health problems

Your GP can carry out some simple checks to try to find out what the cause may be, and they can refer you to a specialist memory clinic for more tests, if necessary.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018