Dementia diagnosis 'triggers depression and fear'

Being diagnosed with dementia often serves as a trigger for depression or anxiety among British adults, it has been claimed.

New research carried out by the Alzheimer's Society found that most people would not know where to turn upon being told that they have the condition.

More than half of those polled by the charity said that they would feel depressed upon hearing the news, while three in four admitted that they would feel frightened.

Furthermore, 14 per cent said that, while they would want support to help them deal with the news, they would feel that they would have no-one to turn to.

Commenting, Ruth Sutherland, acting chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, stated that, with one million adults in the UK alone likely to develop dementia in the next ten years, such findings are "terrible".

"We need better awareness and information so that a diagnosis of dementia is not such a frightening experience," she said.

This comes just days after the Alzheimer's Society welcomed the publication of new research suggesting that high levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream could minimise the risk of developing the condition.

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