Anxiety and Depression
The loss of memory and identity often set off a ripple effect to the patients who are dealing with injuries and diseases Depression is common in these outcomes because patients have no memory of their past or present life. Sacks disputes Clive’s memory loss and how it affects his identity, he said that Clive showed desperate aloneness, fear and bewilderment. Sacks reminisces that Clive started to keep a journal that consisted on times and when he was awake. Sacks say’s “It was a terrifying and poignant testament to Clive’s mental state, his lostness” (Sacks p2). All people deal with things differently. In the book Still Alice, Alice who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has gone into a depression and contemplated to take her own life.
SHE WANTED TO KILL HER SELF. Impulsive thoughts of
suicide came at her with speed and brawn, outmaneuvering
and muscling out all other ideas, trapping her in a dark and
desperate corner for days (Genova p78)
Alice struggles with her disease, could it possibly be because she has faint memories of what he life like was before Alzheimer’s? Fearing of getting lost Alice had high anxiety and often would just stay home where she knew her surroundings.
Families coping with memory loss
Memory loss can also cause many issues amongst family members. The ones who suffer with these diseases and injuries are not the only ones who bear the anxieties. Going through something like Clive, Jimmie, Alice, and Scott have is not easy but it also is hard on their families. Many of times it is too much devotion and family members cannot handle the responsibility or they may not want to give up their life and be a care giver twenty four seven. In the memoir To Love what is Shulmanhas signed on without a moment’s hesitation. For one whole year my life would be aflame with purpose, single-minded and clear to reclaim his life.” (Shulman p42) Shulman feels guilt that she can no longer take care of her husband, she feels pressure from her friends and children saying you’re wasting your life away by being by his side all day every day. In Still Alice she is faced that her family does not consider her an adult, she feels like a child being told what to do.
they talked about her as if she weren’t sitting in the
wind chair a few feet away they talked about her in front of her
as if she was deaf they talked about her in front of her again
without including her as if she has Alzheimer’s disease”(Genova p225)
Because of this disease she had not only lost her memory, her job, her goals she had lost the ability to express her opinions on the situation, without those elements that make up who Alice was. Jimmie In The Lost Mariner whose memory is stuck at the age of 19 Jimmie has not realized that years have passed and his brother has chosen to move on and to put Jimmie in a hospital where he can be taking care of by doctors.