Memory triggers?

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  1. WessexEN

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    I don't think it fits elsewhere, but I'll try here.

    Now that you all got to know me, I just curious, I was thinking to myself and thinking of 3 years ago, around about the same time of year, when I was at my happiest, only to fall to bits in November, which was quite sad for me, it lead me into the classical teenage depression for about 5 or so months.

    I am curious, does anyone else get strange memory triggers that remind them of events of the past?

    (I know I should move on, but I find it difficult sometimes)
     
  2. D_Sheffield Thongbynder

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    We all have those triggers, W. Just don't be too self-indulgent and cultivate them if you want to move past whatever caused your depression (assuming it wasn't chemical in nature and thus treatable with drugs). When they do occur, acknowledge them but take comfort that you're in a better place now.
     
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    I have a blue plaid blanket that used to lie on my father's bed. I remember when I was 5, on Saturday mornings, I'd come into his room and instead of watching cartoons, we'd play games like "I Spy" and "Goes With". I'd sit on top of that blanket with him under it, and spend the morning together that way.

    My father became sick a few years later -- and though he lived with his illness for over ten years -- was never well enough after that to just play, so this is one of the best memories I have of him. I took the blanket down from the attic a few weeks ago because the weather started getting cold, and it's frankly in terrible shape -- threadbare in places, and the trim has unraveled. But in a very real way, it's still the warmest blanket in the house.
     
  4. WessexEN

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    The whole Saga has made me leave my local college, but I do live in fear of doing the same thing again, this thread is what I mean:
    http://www.lpsg.org/women-s-issues/36342-help-me-sweep-her-off.html

    As I wrote in my journal, 2003 was my happiest time, until late november where one girl sent it crashing through the floor, I guess its one of those things.

    @ mindseye

    God, I thought I had it bad, soo sorry to hear of your loss though. Does the blanket trigger off sad emotions or happy emotions? Nice to hear it is the warmest blankie in the house though.
     
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    (I know I should move on, but I find it difficult sometimes)[/quote]

    Yes, actually I have a strange time in late Jan. It was this time of year when our family lost someone in an horrific tragedy. It is twenty years ago now. It has taken us years to get it together, and we are all still devastated in some ways.

    The pain is still there, but the trick for me is to minimise the pressure from other commitments. Making time to be with family, and friends, as well as moments of solitude are my key strategies.

    Every year in late Jan I take a few days off, and try to make time for myself rather than plowing on as though I'm indestructible.
     
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    I find that certain smells, tastes, touches, heck even tv shows or driving by a location can trigger memories.

    Like Mindseye, I have things from my childhood that time has ravaged, but still give me a great feeling when I see them. (stuffed animals)
     
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    Yea, everyone has those, and being an actor I use those every single day. It's kinda my job to recall all sorts of memories to aid me in my day to day life, whether its the color of the foilage, or the smell of a certain something!

    Its a part of everyones life!

    In your case I suppose it's more nostalgia than anything.
     
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    Definitely happy ones. It's nice to be able to remember him while he was healthy and cheerful.
     
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    Certainly.

    Types of weather, sounds, smells, music, phrases, even bumps in the highway can trigger flashbacks. Sometimes I savor them. Sometimes I fear them. They're always interesting.
     
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    I don't know...lol until they happen. I have strange associations. And a photographic memory lol.

    Like last night I was talking to this girl about a soap. And she was telling me that this one child actor in it is now on the X Factor...as she explained the story, that he killed a girl in the show, I said oh yeah I remember, in the forest. Because a picture of a forest came into my mind...and I saw an image of the boy in his house telling his mum he hadn't seen the girl.

    Also, I said I remembered when the SWAT Team (or similar) raided the street, and it seems only a few years ago to me but she said that was the last episode and that it finished a long time ago.

    Hmm..as for memory triggers, I dunno what they are. But I will usually see still pictures like snapshots. I can remember quite a lot if I think about, there's a train of thought I can follow and recall lots of things. But I don't know if there are specific triggers.
     
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    About a month ago I opened up a spice bottle filled with cinnamon. It brought back a flood of memories from when I was a little boy. One of my favorite things to eat back then was toast with butter and cinnamon. I had totally forgotten about that until I smelled the spice.
     
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