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Re: FMS vs. LPS...wxy and z now I know my abcs.... tabitha

Posted by zenhussy on June 27, 2004, at 17:04:15

In reply to Re: False Memory Syndrome vs. Lying Perpetrator Syndro, posted by tabitha on June 27, 2004, at 16:26:21

>> That's generally not a memory loss problem. It's due to the victim being rendered unconscious. It's hard to remember something that you weren't capable of remebering, due to unconsciousness. (or temporary/permanent brain damage).

> Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps you're assuming the only way to lose memory is to lose consciousness? I can think of a counter-example-- alcoholic blackout, where the person is conscious, yet loses memory. Apparently alcohol changes the brain's processing of memory. So to me it's feasible that trauma, which produces powerful chemical changes in the brain, could also potentially affect memory functioning.

Well the studies I've seen about how trauma affects memory support what you've found feasible.

I thank you for seeing the possibility. I live the reality as many others here do as well. It is strange to have large missing parts of memory when other people can remember that age with noooo problem. For me it has been a constant battle with myself believing that I was crazy and something was wrong with me. I've been to enough doctors now and seen bunches (ok at least nine since age twenty) of therapists to feel reasonably reassured that I am *not* crazy and for the horrors I lived through IT MAKES SENSE that my brain processed it in a way that kept me alive.

erm, any ladies here want to talk about childbirth and memory? Do you remember the pain? And some of you went on to have more? WHY?? Didn't you remember how painful the first time was? Or did that memory store in a different way?

Forgive me if I'm not making sense but I've tried for years to understand memory and the more van der Kolk and Foa I've read the more I understand why I have so many holes in my memory and why that was necessary to my survival.

I very much appreciate your post Tabitha. I have no interest in tangling in this thread as I am not well enough to do so but having read a few posts yours stood out with a clarity I found refreshing.

p.s. I can't WAIT to start painting our nails and having a slumber party! My therp. will laugh silly when I talk about this grand adventure we're all setting off to have. For me this is a good thing and I've got the thread printed out to try to get my responses back in. I'm incredible spacey so focus ain't my strong suit at the moment. You had better not be kidding as Daisy, Racer, and myself will hop out of this area and come your way in a flash. We girlies need this type of thing. I think it healthy and fun and I know my therp would agree. Therp. might be shaking their head muttering some stuff as I drove off but they would support it.




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