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Dementia is the gradual loss of a person’s memory, which results from changes in the structure of the brain. It is quite common for people with dementia to remember things from a long time ago, but find it more difficult to recall recent events. People may also have difficulty concentrating, be confused, anxious or agitated. Dementia usually happens as people get older and can be very distressing for the person and their family. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease.



Depression is one of the most common mentalhealth problems. People who have been diagnosed with clinical depression have a constant feeling of despair and of being weighed down. The person may find it difficult getting out of bed in the morning.


Dual Diagnoses

Dual diagnosis is the term used to describe a person with a diagnosis of mental ill health who also misuses substances. See also Co-occurring disorders.

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