Tami, 57

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What is it that you strug­gle with?

Anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and im­paired mem­ory from stress. Symp­toms are very sim­i­lar to Alzheimer’s. How long has it been a prob­lem for you?

18 months How does it af­fect your daily life?

It af­fects me daily as I try to re­mem­ber what I keep for­get­ting and then get anx­ious and stressed, with very lim­ited con­cen­tra­tion span to com­plete tasks. How do other peo­ple’s ac­tions or opin­ions af­fect you and your con­di­tion?

Peo­ple just say they for­get things and do silly things too and say you’re just nor­mal but you know you’re not nor­mal. They don’t un­der­stand or think you are just at­ten­tion-seek­ing. How do you think the com­mu­nity can be bet­ter ed­u­cated about this?

Ed­u­cated to be more un­der­stand­ing and tol­er­ant with peo­ple who are strug­gling to find their words or try­ing to find their money or re­mem­ber their pin etc, es­pe­cially the younger gen­er­a­tion. The words ‘are you ok?’ do mean a lot when you’re not.

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