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Amygdala

Amygdala - are almond-shaped groups of nuclei located deep within the medial temporal lobes of thebrain in complex vertebrates, including humans. Shown in research to perform a primary role in the processing and memory of emotional reactions, the amygdalae are considered part of the limbic system

In 2003 I underwent brain surgery to correct epilepsy that had been causing 5-10 seizures a day for 20 years.  During that surgery they removed my Amygdala and Hippocampus as they were covered in scar tissue which had been the source of the seizures.

Hippocampus - is a major component of the brains of humans and other mammals. It belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in long-term memory and spatial navigation.

With these two vital pieces of brain removed I have found that learning new skills and even reading a book is far more difficult that it had been in the past.  Further to that I have been far more prone to angry outbursts, sudden crying, or laughing for no reason.  

I recently had a job where my boss would change my job expectations on an almost daily basis which as you can imagine was extremely stressful.  When I began to fail to be able to learn the new skills and was unable to do my job correctly the depression became too much to deal with.  I went to see my doctor.  She recommended that I leave the job, start some anti-depressants (wellbutrin) and take some time to find a job that has a set job description and the expectations do not change.

Unfortunately for the rest of my life I will have a mood and memory disorder, that will never change.  But with the right medication I have been able to find a balance between the emotions and the feelings of failure as well as the memory issues.

I will be attending college not this September but the next.... so I have bought all of the books, and began reading them now.  in 1.5 years when school starts up I should be able to remember the information and then when re-reading it the information should just be a refresher.... these are the sorts of things I have to do to compensate for the problem.....

and people wonder why I'm depressed.  1 year of school takes me 3 years...Montreal
RighteousGirl RighteousGirl 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 5, 2010

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I graduated college twice with Honours. I'm going back to college for one year starting in September and I have been tentatively accepted to University for the PhD program starting September 2014... :) .. I can still do everything I need to do I just do things differently and have to really adjust for my memory issues.

How did you do at college in 2011? Are you still going? Hang in there, if you want it bad enough you can, maybe not as fast as others but at your own pace and interest. So many good pharmacuticals for depression, hope your on the right one.