AmygdalaAmygdala - 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