Miriam S., Ph.D., specializes in neuropsychology and is a scientist and psychologist at an academic medical center in Dallas, Texas. When she treats patients, it's her job to evaluate cognitive functioning -- which, for most people, means thinking and memory. Occasionally, she has to diagnose patients with depression, and they usually respond with a mix of anger, disbelief and denial. As a survivor of clinical depression herself, this is what she wishes she could say to her patients.
I have [patients] in their 50s and 60s coming in concerned about dementia, generally. They come in, absolutely sure they have dementia or sure they have a problem with their memory.