false memory

21 July 2014 - 15:37

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Can some1 explain wat 'false memory'is i have an idea but never had it explained properly to me .thanks
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23 July 2014 - 13:03

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Sorry Dave , I don't know either.  I hope someone can explain it.

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Thanks goofy no replies upto now
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Hi,

I will try to explain, what I feel, is a false memory...

I have issues worrying about being inappropriate or doing something horrible in past situations .  This means that after an event, even minutes after, I feel the compulsion to check that I didn’t do anything wrong.  This is exacerbated, as it currently is, if I drink alcohol as I’m worried that I may black out and do something and simply not remember.  The continual rumination and doubt associated with this means that I will think of things that I might have done.  The result is that I will get horribly graphic images associated with my concerns.  I then will worry about these, and this will continue to happen, until said image feels real, feels like a memory.  This, of course, at least I always hope, is a false memory- it does however feel very real and causes me lots of anxiety.  This is my experience- someone better qualified on here may be able to give a better explanation.  Hope this helps.

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DeSat.

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Thanks DeSat. That's a very clear explanation. I experience the same phenomenon sometimes. Those false memories can seem vividly real.

24 July 2014 - 16:34

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Ok thanks guys i can relate to that
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24 July 2014 - 19:26

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Hi

Like DeSat's account of false memory. The more you dwell, the greater the vividness of the 'graphic image'. That is why I think that consciously changing the focus of your attention is the best remedy. Think of a pleasant memory and let it flood your mind. Start by geographical locating the source of the good memory and let yourself picture the scene and relive the sensations which you experienced. This was the technique recommended by my therapist.  Like other aspects of OCD our attention is biased to potential threat and negative things. But rather than staying with the anxiety in the case of not checking the rubbish or touching a 'contaminated' object in the fashion of exposure therapy, I think in the case of false memory that switching attention to positive things is better.

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Thanks i agree ocd does tend to b biased towards negative threat or harm etc.
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