Reflection Articles

Reflection Articles

Reflection pieces are designed to share personal experiences relevant to neuroscience. Here, individuals that have experienced a mental health or neurological issue, or neuroscience researchers/practitioners share their thoughts and experiences.

Getting a better understanding of life with alzheimers disease

Gabriella Nelligan| 26.OCT.2021

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative condition and the most common type of dementia, making up to 70% of cases worldwide.Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not a disease but an umbrella term for the series of symptoms caused by pathological changes in the brain resulting in problems with memory, mental sharpness, language, understanding and judgement. Read more…

Catastrophic Thinking: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

Anonymous| 17.MAY.2021

“You have an anxiety disorder.” The first time I heard those words I felt relief wash over me. This wasn’t normal. The panic attacks, the low self-esteem, the wish to disappear from existence. Now it had a name, and I started to believe I could manage it. Read more…

My Reflection on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Anonymous | 30.JAN.2019

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects 1.2 % of the population, 12 in every 1000 people. It is a condition characterised by intrusive thoughts (obsessions), and behaviours aimed at ‘neutralising’ these thoughts (compulsions). Everyone has intrusive thoughts. They are those unwanted, nasty thoughts or images that unprecedentedly infiltrate your consciousness. If you are driving and you stop at a red light, you might think ‘what would happen if I took my foot off the brake and hit all of those people?’ When healthy people experience intrusive thoughts they are quickly dismissed, unstudied. In OCD the thoughts dominate, causing a lot of anxiety.Read More…

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