The Value of Early Diagnosis

If you're noticing changes in your behavior, or are struggling with work, hobbies or tasks that were once easy, it may be time to take note.1,2 It's tempting to wait and see, or dismiss them as something that happens when you get older.

Likewise, it may seem easier to rely on coping mechanisms like sticky notes to yourself, automatic reminders on your phone or the help of a spouse or loved one as a way of adjusting.2

Acknowledging what you may be experiencing and speaking with your healthcare provider is the best course of action.3 Pinpointing a diagnosis as early as possible may give you one of the most precious commodities — time — to educate yourself, adjust and plan for the future.3


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