What are the symptoms of MCI?
Possible MCI symptoms are described by the Alzheimer’s Society, as follows:
- Problems with memory: forgetting recent events, trouble remembering where and when you put things down or repeatedly asking the same question
- Problems with reasoning, planning or problem-solving
- Attention: trouble maintaining focus on something
- Language: struggling to find the right word
- Visual depth perception: struggling to interpret an object in three dimensions, judge distances or navigate stairs.
Diagnosis and support services
Our team at Psychiatry-UK are able to offer expert assessment, support and advice for people dealing with MCI or SCI.
An online assessment with a psychiatrist will involve a discussion of your symptoms and how they have affected your day-to-day life.
The psychiatrist will perform a mental state examination (MSE) to assess your symptoms objectively including specific tests to gauge your ability to think clearly or to remember things.
Further investigations may also be necessary, such as blood tests (e.g. to check for any vitamin B12 or thyroid deficiencies) and sometimes a brain scan.
An occupational therapy assessment of a patient’s day-to-day activities may also be necessary for the differential diagnosis between MCI and dementia.
Our specialists will then discuss these findings with you.
The diagnosis of MCI is based on:
- the psychiatric interview
- the evaluation of your ability to function independently on a daily basis
- the collateral history provided by your GP and/or your next of kin
- results from the memory tests
- result from a head scan.
There is currently no standard treatment or approved medication for MCI, however we can offer other virtual interventions and support services. These can include a personal care plan which involves the following:
- Online sessions of memory strategies to improve your wellbeing, delivered by our collaborators at Memory Matters
Dementia prevention through lifestyle based interventions aimed at reducing dementia risk factors.
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