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Detailing Memories for Depression: Part Three

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Detailing Memories for Depression

Girl unlocking a diaryThis post could also be called ‘the key to detailing memories’.

There is only one way you can do this memory retrieval well and that is to write it down in detail!

These notes, these details could save your life! They could also save a lot of grief for the loved ones who have to put up with you!

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Detailing Memories for Depression: Part Two

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Detailing Memories for Depression

inforSo, it’s all in the details is it?

I love watching the decorating shows. They all agree on one thing, the details bring a good design together.

Details are important, sometimes. And if we are going to do some recalling of good times, to enhance our antidepressant regime, we apparently have to do it in detail.

I have been taking an online course called Bipolar IN Order. I cannot recommend it – yet. I am still trying to figure it out. The author, Tom Wootton, recommends that we analyze and record our moods in great detail. This is a problem for me. I don’t want to think about my moods. It is hard enough to cope with the moods let alone think about them in detail, over and over again. But, this is what is required if I am going to attempt some of the strategies he proposes.

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Detailing Memories for Depression: Part One

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Detailing Memories for Depression

detailsceilingIs it really all in the details?

The artist who created this didn’t do it in a day. Why the laying out of the design alone would have taken weeks. Then a few more weeks for the base colours. And after that, months, even years on the details. The details make it!

Last week I shared some theories about over generalizing in the way we recall good memories. Psychologists have suggested that we who are challenged with depression tend to do that. And if they are right, then we are missing out on the opportunity to remember in detail what once gave us pleasure and apply those good memories in continuing to find pleasure, thus alleviating depression!

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Memories and Depression: Part Three

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Memories and Depression

diaryThis week we have been discussing memory and how we recall things, preferably good things, in our past.

Recent research has suggested that depressive biases in personal memory may be due to an inability to progress beyond a general level when trying to retrieve specific positive memories. This study produced further evidence of this phenomenon. When trying to access specific hedonically toned memories, depressed patients more often responded with a general memory and, especially for positive cues, were unable then to progress to a specific memory, even after prompting. The implications for cognitive therapy for depression are discussed.

This ‘inability to progress beyond a general level when trying to retrieve positive memories’ interests me. This summer I practised retrieving good memories on my ‘Memory Mondays’. It was a writing exercise I was trying out for depression therapy. I kind of enjoyed it. But now that I think of it, I could have tried to recall some of those experiences in way more detail than I did.

I think I may be one of those people who over generalize. And since these ‘experts’ are claiming that there is a link between that and depression, do you think I should try to work on that?

That is one of the things I do not like about all these reports I read. Sure, they come up with some interesting theories, that make a lot of sense, but they forget the ‘next step’. In other words, what should we do about it?

Next week we will talk about some solutions to this tendency we depressed folks seem to have.

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

Memories and Depression: Part Two

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Memories and Depression

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Memories and depression. You may be thinking that there are some things you don’t want to remember, maybe things which you believed led to this old depression.

But that is not the point I am trying to make this week. Apparently we depressed folks tend to overgeneralize when we remember. This overgeneralizing works against us. At least that is what this Oxford study suggests.

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Memories and Depression, Part One

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Memories and Depression

Couple jogging outdoorsSummer is just about over. The teacher in me tends to start new projects in the beginning of September. It is an old habit that is hard to break.

Another habit that is hard to break if you are depressed is recalling experiences correctly.

I have done a little bit of remembering this summer on my ‘Memory Mondays’. It was sort of an experiment to force myself to recall some good times. I did it as a writing exercise and as an antidepressant. But I learned some interesting things during the process which I would like to share with you.

Have you ever been in a deep depression and tried to recall something pleasant? It is almost impossible when you are in that stage. But it is in that very stage that it might be helpful to do that.

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My Weddings

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Memory Mondays

weddingbikesThis will be the last ‘Memory Monday’ for awhile. I have chosen to remember my weddings! That’s right, weddings! I have been married twice.

My first marriage ended sadly in divorce after 24 years. It was a surprise to me and sent me into an emotional tailspin that led to this old depression that I still grapple with. For a long time I could not think back on that wedding without pain. But many years have passed and I have forgiven my first husband for leaving me. He has since died and left behind the good memories, not the bad ones.

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Is it too Painful to Remember?

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Memory Mondays

brideIt’s “Memory Monday” where I write about a good memory.

Depression is an illness that can sometimes cast a dark shadow over our memories. Depending on your mood you may not be able to come up with a good memory. Or, depending on your mood, you may not be able to recall anything good about a happy memory. Depression can do that to your memories.

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Who Do Your Eyes Reflect?

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Whimsical Wednesday

BriReflectionIt is ‘Whimsical Wednesday’ where I write about any upbeat thing that comes to my mind. Maybe I should rename it ‘Grandma’s Brag Day’ for I don’t think it is the first time I have talked about my grandchildren on Wednesday!

Isn’t this just a vision of joy, freedom, innocence, trust? Wow, would that we could all be that young again, just for a moment.

Sharing this photo isn’t just an excuse to brag about my latest grandchild – number four! Really! Look at her eyes. You might want to enlarge the photo, look again at here eyes. They are mirroring the two people who are making her laugh and taking her picture. Do you see them? Isn’t that neat?

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My Childhood Bedroom

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Memory Mondays

AnnisRdBedroomIt’s ‘Memory Monday’ where I share a good memory! It is good to remember good stuff, bad to remember bad stuff. Not always easy to control where your mind goes though is it?

Anyways, I am going to recall my childhood bedroom with you. The picture I have shared is not a picture of my bedroom, but it was just as pretty. My mom had a way of creating beautiful rooms.

I can picture the room. Two twin four poster beds, each against a wall with just enough room for a little table between. One double dresser which matched the beds. A closet. Really, that doesn’t sound too inspiring yet does it?

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