There are definite benefits to getting a formal diagnosis of dementia. Don't delay in finding out more. People often seek help if they are worried about memory problems. By getting medical advice you find the right treatments, find the best sources of support and are in a better position to plan for the future. It can help deal with uncertainty, which can be very distressing. It is devastating news to be diagnosed with dementia, but having an explanation for a problem can be helpful. Find out more about the benefits of early diagnosis and how to live well with dementia on the NHS Choices website.
Your GP will be able to run through some simple checks and either reassure you, give you a diagnosis or refer you to a specialist for further tests.