doctor warns against dementia screening
A couple of months ago I wrote this article, and have decided to revisit it because it has caused so much upset by its misuse by the press.
I like everyone else with this illness read press articles and assume that they are correct, but its only later that the truth comes out
However from what I understand it was a piece of research to see whether it was feasible and in fact cost effective to do dementia screening and what the implications would be.
But on reflection, I am not sure whether this is all factual or whether it’s all down to the press writing their own version of events.
In many cases a dramatic headline does a lot of damage, especially when it’s been taken out of context
I think I understand that many people have been diagnosed at an early stage, and this could lead to accusations of misdiagnosis, if it was done in a hurry as screening could be.
I say that because cancer screening is not perfect, as we are always hearing of problems in the news.
I found out later that this had been totally fabricated by the press to publish the wrong information.
But in all honesty, until we get a better way of treating the illness, what is the point of screening people in the masses as it only prolongs the agony, and not everyone can cope with the diagnosis of dementia.
Many people cannot cope with the results of the diagnosis and many simply don't want to know, whether because they are frightened of the term dementia, or they simply refuse to accept that there is anything wrong with them.