How memory works
By Layla Dowthwaite
Since the first cases involving repressed memories were taken to court, controversy has developed concerning the credibility of childhood memories which ‘emerge into consciousness’ (Loftus 1993, p518) in later adult life. Recent research suggests that creating a false memory in certain people’s minds is not unachievable, although determining the authenticity of memories is virtually impossible without corroborating evidence. This leaves us wondering about the validity of our own recollections, how time can distort the way our mind stores memories, and if it really is possible that we can be convinced to truly believe something which never occurred actually took place. Psychoanalysis is the major technique used to unleash (or create) repressed
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A smart choice for smart people
Those first signs of slipping memory or dementia can be a little alarming – especially if you know the dreariness of that route. You may first see it in your 40s, or even younger, with memory loss symptoms like slower facial recall or where you left your keys.
What groceries were you supposed to buy? Wait – you forgot your grocery list at home. Memory loss really hits home at times and it can be both sad and lonely – to say nothing of the decrease in productivity at work or the effects on family and friends.
While it’s normal to forget things on occasion, it’s a pattern to watch. The makers of Brain
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The drug links
Opinion vary as always, but dementia is thought to be caused by gradual changes and damage in the brain is caused by a build-up of abnormal (amyloid beta) proteins in the brain which leads to a decline in a person’s mental, and sometimes physical abilities.
Much of the research on Alzheimer’s disease has focused on the amyloid beta protein which clumps together into sticky fibrils that form deposits in the brains of people with the disease. Australian researchers have come up with a sound frequency treatment that breaks up these plaques and is giving new hope to some dementia sufferers. However there is still no outcome of research into the cause.
Another avenue is that older people
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And memory loss
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Alzheimer’s is described as a progressive deterioration of mental function or a generalized degeneration of the brain that can occur in in middle or old age. It is the commonest cause of premature senility and is listed officially as America’s sixth leading cause of death, but that doesn’t take into account medical errors, drug misuse and environmental toxins of themselves may not be fatal, may in fact contribute to dementia.
Alzheimer’s is thought to be responsible for approximately 70% of all dementia cases, making it the most recognized trigger of dementia and a problem for + 36 million worldwide, but only 1-in-4 are diagnosed.
Alzheimer’s is not
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Making square pegs for round holes
The pioneers of modern psychology arrived at their understanding of the human mind by studying sick people and human relationships within the spheres of basic survival and the power struggles that exist within conflicted societies.
Mind as we know it has no substance and the brain if you like is a repository of ideas and information. But there is some understanding that the psychology, or the mind of every individual is influenced by education, life experience and place in society.
Concepts like logic, rationalism and irrationalism have all evolved and yet there is still no clear understanding within modern science or modern medicine as to how the human mind works and the extent
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Obstacles to healing
We exist within our physical body and it becomes a playground for working out some of our karma as we have experiences ranging from vibrant health to debilitating illnesses.
Most of us identify ourselves as our body and refer to our body as me, myself or I. Yet anyone familiar with any modern understanding of spirituality will recognise that the body is a vehicle and what we refer to as ‘I’ is something greater.
Our body is composed of about 70% water and a collection of elements and stuff which is obtained from the earth via the foods we eat. But even our mind is considered as being something physical, it is a bioelectrical system that facilitates
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Afflictions in Consciousness
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There is a lack of clarity as to what constitutes a mental illness, what causes mental illness and the path to recovery. Similarly there is no clear understanding of what constitutes a healthy mind so when it comes to looking at mental illness, most of it is purely guesswork.
At the end of the day mental health is a matter of opinion because everyone is conflicted by their ideas and beliefs. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung came up with the idea of psychology and psychoanalysis, yet their understanding of the function of mind was derived by studying chronically ill people many of whom are resided in psychiatric institutions.
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The study and treatment of the human mind
Psychology is essentially the study of the mind, including logic, reason, emotion, conscious and unconscious mental processes and behaviour. It is also associated with neuroscience and the study of the brain to the extent that psychology has become an umbrella term for a wide variety of ‘disciplines’, paradigms, religions and cults that are not clearly definable as medical, philosophical or sociological disciplines.
If you were to visit a psychologist, he or she would have the view that psychology acknowledges the potential of behaviour problems being learned responses which can be corrected with therapy and education, whereas:
Psychiatry considers that behavioural problems are actual medical illnesses with physical causes despite the fact that
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A Holistic View
Depression is very common, in the late 1990s it was thought that the about 10% of the general population was affected and 18-21% of teens under 20 affected. Depression is becoming more widespread and widely recognised with prescriptions and sales of antidepressant medications skyrocketing despite the side effects.
A great many cases of what may be described as depression could well be resolved with a heart to heart conversation, but with society being increasingly divided, this happens less often. The medical profession in league with the pharmaceutical giants has divided anxiety into many forms of depression to be treated with drugs like Prozac which blocks the removal of serotonin from the brain. This highly
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Depression affects men as profoundly as it does women
Yes, we’ve all heard the jokes about the male mid-life crisis and the questions of self-identity that go with it.
But there’s a darker side to depression in men. Over a million people take their lives world-wide each year. American men are three to four times more likely to commit suicide than women. In fact, American men between 20 and 24 have a suicide rate seven times higher than women in the same age bracket.
While not all depressed men are going to commit suicide, symptoms of depression affect men’s lives and can have a profound impact on their careers, health and their loved ones. Symptoms of depression include feelings of
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