The Ethics of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

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What if you could erase bad memories? Would you erase the memory of a bad relationship? An unpleasant experience? What if you were traumatized by combat, a terrible accident, or a brutal assault? What if your memories disturbed your sleep, caused nightmares, changed your personality, affected your work and relationships, and were damaging to your physical health? PTSD Nearly five million Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 suffer from p ost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The "fear and horror" can have lasting psychological and physiological effects with complications such as depression, substance abuse and even suicide (Wood,2007). Wood, A. (2007). The ethics of eternal sunshine. The Advocate: University of San Diego School of Law 24(1). Current Treatment for PTSD Cognitive behavior therapy helps individuals manage their symptoms by recognizing triggers and learning to replace negative thoughts and behaviors with positive ones. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is multi-phase treatment, part of which teaches individuals new responses to disturbing images. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) CBT is a general term for a classification of therapies with similarities. Approaches to CBT include: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Rational Behavior Therapy Rational Living Therapy Cognitive Therapy Dialectic Behavior Therapy More About CBT CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, not external factors, cause feelings and behaviors.This
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