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Dr Weekes’ explanation of how memory can affect a person even years after recovering, and how it can very quickly take the sufferer all the way back to believing that they are still no further forward is vitally valuable.  Because memory creates more demands.  “If memory wants to go back let it.  You don’t have to go all the way back with it…separate memory from reality” For me to get better, I had to accept memory and its emotional intensity.  Not easy, but effective.  Memory brings feelings and these feelings keep the person ill.  The person adds “what if” which, as we have seen, provokes a reaction around the cycle and ultimately reinforces more bad memory and feeling and then the demand, thus perpetuating the vicious circle of psychological misery.  This is absolutely crucial to understand.


Robin Thorburn