Depression’s Assault on Cognition

Depression’s Assault on Cognition

In an effort to isolate and change your view of yourself, ‘Depression’ works at altering your ability to attend. Previously you could attend to even the finest detail as your golf instructor taught you the fine art of chipping to the green. You did not miss the important element of the grip and the very calculated swing that seemed effortless if all was working together. After attempting to execute the swing his demonstration of a slight change to the grip did not escape your notice.   How things have changed…

‘Depression’ also works to limit your ability to concentrate. In the past, you could concentrate in your nightly reading, even if the book offered complicated details in order to understand the scene and the character’s complexity. How things have changed…

‘Depression’ works at eroding your cognition by creating those memory errors that make it impossible to learn. Prior to ‘Depression’s assault’, you could set up your defenses in your Chess game from a number of openings you had memorized and fit this knowledge into the evolving game. You have been able to position yourself for the middle part of the game because of practiced patterns of responses that had flexibility but you always played to gain control of the center of the board. In addition, in preparation for game days, you were very adept at solving the chess challenges on Chess Café.  How things have changed…

‘Depression’ strikes at the basic building blocks of cognition: Attention, Concentration and Memory in order to achieve control of your life. Its goal is to destroy your sense of confidence and competence. Its victory is noted as having thoughts of worthlessness and hopeless.

Just a Thought…

Arthur J. Rathgeber