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Depression and Memory

Describe how depression could affect memory. Provide a brief description of any biological influences on the memory of individuals with depression. Are there any memory distortions commonly involved with depression?Select two personality theories. Compare and contrast the theories, describing each theory's application to your chosen disorder. Evaluate the effectiveness of at least two therapies used to treat depression.

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Depression can affect memory in several ways. One important fact is that the brain naturally puts up defense mechanisms that protect the brain from negative and hurtful memories (e.g. denial, repression). Also, depressed people appear to only remember and focus on past negative experiences. Although the depressed person will not be experiencing memory loss it will appears as so to their family and friends. The depressed individual is actually suffering from selective memory.

Depression can also cause a person to be easily distracted and their ability to concentrate becomes impaired. As a result, they may have a poor memory, especially long-term memory.

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