“Memory loss is one way of coping with damage.” – Jeanette Winterson, author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
In this course, we focus on the impact and importance of mental health in various cognitive processes, namely, memory. Memory loss and recall has been a topic of psychological study for decades, and researchers have found that mental health disorders, such as Schizophrenia and Depression, as well as cognitive or neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, can have a profound effect on an individual’s ability to recall memories accurately, if at all. Why is this though? Are there any mental health or cognitive disorders that don’t heavily affect memory? What parts of the brain are involved in memory recall? What is the difference between “implicit” and “explicit” memories? Which parts of the brain are responsible for the neurological symptoms produced by mental health disorders? How can an individual living with a mental health disorder improve or, in a sense, protect the quality of their memory recall? The following materials will discuss these critical questions and more by evaluating the human ability to encode, store, and accurately recall past events and encounters.
- “Depression’s Impact on Memory” by Nicole Wetsman (Brainfacts)
- “Working Memory and Mental Health: A Primer for the Mental Health Professional” (CSP)
- “How Memories Form and How we Lose Them” by Catharine Young
- The Surprising Link Between Stress and Memory” by Elizabeth Cox
- “3 Effective Brain Training Exercises for Mental Illness Sufferers” (Anthony Metivier’s Magnetic Memory Method Podcast
- “Memory and Depression; Global mental health; Compassion training” (All in the Mind)
TV and Media:
- “Trauma, Memory, and Mental Health” (All in the Mind, ABC with Lynne Malcolm)
Leisly Roman is an aspiring writer and poet, born and raised in NYC. She has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from CUNY Hunter College, as well as her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Daughter of two immigrant parents born in the Dominican Republic, she is a strong advocate for adequate mental health care especially within the BIPOC community. Passionate about criminal justice reform as well as mental health awareness, she is currently employed as a Felony Alternatives to Incarceration Case Manager in Brooklyn, NY.