Emotional Effects

Feelings of Dementia With Anxiety

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by Calm Clinic Editorial Team and Micah Abraham, BSc

Micah Abraham, BSc

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Micah Abraham, BSc

Last updated October 10th, 2020

Feelings of Dementia With Anxiety

Dementia is a terrifying idea. It's everyone's worst case scenario - the idea that your mind is starting to fail you, and that you're losing touch with reality.

We've all known people that suffered from dementia when they age, and it remains one of the biggest fears that even those without anxiety have. What is troubling is that anxiety can actually cause someone to believe they have the symptoms of dementia, even when no cause is present.

Health Fears Are An Anxiety Symptom

One of the problems with living with anxiety is that it tends to cause itself, using its own symptoms. Feelings of dementia are a great example of this. Anxiety causes the mind to think differently and feel funny, and this causes people to worry they have a serious brain condition, which in turn causes them to be oversensitive to the way their mind works and suffer from the very problems they're monitoring.

Men and women of all ages have convinced themselves of:

These are all serious diseases, and if you truly think you have one of these, you should see a doctor. But you should also note that anxiety causes the very same issues. Not just dementia, but also the nerve impulses and other brain health issues that make people fear those diseases in the first place.

Why anxiety causes dementia like feelings is a bit less clear and less obvious. It is likely caused by many different factors, including those below:

These are all examples of issues that can cause feelings of dementia, despite no dementia present.

What to Do When You Feel Like You Have Dementia

Dementia is fairly easy for doctors to diagnose, so seeing your doctor is step one. You should also know that dementia isn't just something you realize is happening, or something that comes and goes pretty easily in short increments. Dementia is a very serious, gradual, long lasting condition, and while even those with dementia have their lucid moments it's very rare for someone that suffers from the issue to worry that they have it.

One of the reasons dementia patients often have anxiety themselves is because they cannot comprehend what's going on, and their confusion isn't something that goes away. This is different from anxiety, where the person is aware of the feeling that they're losing their mind, which often indicates that they aren't.

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Where can I go to learn more about Jacobson’s relaxation technique and other similar methods?

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You can ask your doctor for a referral to a psychologist or other mental health professional who uses relaxation techniques to help patients. Not all psychologists or other mental health professionals are knowledgeable about these techniques, though. Therapists often add their own “twist” to the technqiues. Training varies by the type of technique that they use. Some people also buy CDs and DVDs on progressive muscle relaxation and allow the audio to guide them through the process.

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