Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. – Support, Education and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

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Feelings Experienced After Diagnosis



People often experience a mixture of feelings and emotions when they are initially told they have mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia. These might include a sense of disbelief, feeling overwhelmed, or fear about possible consequences. But a diagnosis can also bring relief to finally understand the symptoms.

“The day I was diagnosed, I remember being flooded with emotions. In time, I found myself learning more about myself and the skills I needed to help me adjust.”

— Frank, diagnosed 11 years

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