It can be difficult to accept a dementia diagnosis, and understanding the reason behind your struggle to accept it is important to coming up with strategies to help yourself.
Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be harrowing—it’s normal for a person who has been diagnosed to feel a range of negative emotions, from sadness to frustration, or even outright denial.
A continued inability to accept a dementia diagnosis can pose problems if persons living with dementia refuse to accept help in the future, or continue activities like driving even when it has become unsafe to do so. The difficulty in acknowledging the experience of memory or cognitive difficulties could sometimes be due to fear, or a genuine inability to understand that there is a problem. If you find it difficult to accept a dementia diagnosis, it is important to identify the reason for this so that you know how to tackle the problem.