help i think im going mad


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Nov 24, 2009
hi i am 41 years old im really worried about my memory i seem to do really stupid things which seem to be worse if i havent slept well
for example one time i had to phone home because i couldnt find the steering wheel it turned out i was in the wrong seat it felt strange but i couldnt tell what was wrong this really upset me now i feel im trying really hard to concentrate ,
i gave the wrong address at the hospital and if my daughter hadnt pointed it out i think i would have left it
i lose things constantly and when i do find it i cant remember what i wanted it for in the first place i get myself in such a flap and no one seems to know what it is i want
i spent a whole afternoon going round the shops asking for a telephone book i meant an address book i couldnt understand why noone had one
i used to read quite a lot now i either cant be bothered it seems such an effort
all these things happen which i do find funny once its pointed out to me i also seem to have forgotten family stuff i dont forget going on holidays just what happened on them
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Registered User
Mar 23, 2005
Hi sparkle13,

Welcome to Talking Point (TP).

I'm afraid the only real advice that I can give you is to keep a diary of your symptoms and perhaps ask other family members to do the same and then book an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns.

Dementia at age 41 is quite rare and there are quite a few other conditions that can result in similar problems.

There are some good factsheets on the Alzheimer's Society website about the process of diagnosis and younger people with dementia:

There is also a very good section of the site for people who are worried about their memory:

The symptoms that you describe are obviously causing you great distress. I hope that your GP can assist you to get some relief.

Let us know how you get on.

Take care,

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