Effects Of Mood And Severity On Memory

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Manic Depressive Disorder on Memory as it Relates to Romanticism and Existentialism: Restoration through Enlightenment
Johnson and Magaro’s (1987) article Effects of Mood and Severity on Memory Depression Processes and Mania describe ways manic-depressive disorder is associated with memory impairment. Most of the research is conducted during the depressed state as researchers found it difficult to obtain data from individual’s in their manic state. Andreasen and Powers (1974) note that the manic subject’s memory is over inclusive and unable to distinguish clear boundaries. Any decrease in memory is related to an increase in mania.
Friedman (1964) finds impairments in short-term memory, speed of mental activity, mental set, adaptability,
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The depressed individual can choose to recover and reverse the negative state. Nietzsche’s will to power stresses that instincts should be uninhibitedly expressed, even suggesting the aggressive ones. The freedom in this enables the individual to feel fully satisfied and therefore, happy. Nietzsche says happiness is the key to becoming the stronger version of yourself and having the capacity to become your own master in charge of your own fate. The will to power encourages individuals to explore, take chances, seek new experiences that push you to live outside the realm of conventional society and to reject all its conformity and morals. It is here that one can live an independent creative, passion filled life with the freedom to reach one’s full potential (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014, pp. 224). The will to power states that you are capable of healing yourself. A person has all they need within themselves already to break out of the bondage of depression and step into a life of freedom and complete happiness. This newfound meaning is epitomized by Nietzsche’s idea that, “If you have your why? For life, then you can get along with almost any how?” (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014, pp.…show more content…
226). Lack of motivation and the inability to sustain effort contribute to a life in slavery, inhibited by a “repressive civilization,” bored by an educational system that promotes “likeness” and disregards individualism (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014, pp. 226). Nietzsche believes that experiencing this sort of “lifeless rationalism” is the root of most people’s mental agony (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014, pp. 226). To combat this anguish, Nietzsche’s Dionysian Aspect encourages one to embrace creative chaos and seek active passionate experiences (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014, pp. 222). Since obtaining mastery, the “self-overcom[ed]” you is fearless and freely pursues ideas and dreams which once seemed inconceivable. Growth happens and one day you’re aware that you’re completely comfortable amid all that makes you
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