Hyperthymesia May Be The Reason You Remember Everything

Hyperthymesia May Be The Reason You Remember Everything

What if you could remember everything that ever happened to you?

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What if you could remember everything that ever happened to you? You could remember what you were wearing, what you ate, what the weather was like exactly ten years ago. It seems impossible, doesn't it?

Yet, it's possible. This is a phenomenon called Hyperthymesia.

Hyperthymesia is derived from the words thymersis, which means remembering, and hyper, which means excessive. It was coined by Irvine, a neurobiologist at The University of California after studying Jill Price's ability to recall events in great detail. It is also known as hyperthymestic syndrome or piking.

Jill Price was the person that brought these phenomena into light when she emailed Jim McGaugh claiming that she could remember everything that had happened to her since she was 12 years old. She was tested after that and there were diaries that her information could be compared as well.

She was later tested about the appointments and could recall every single event. There are other people that deal with this. The most famous person to have this ability is Marilu Henner.

This is an extremely rare condition.

So far, there have been only 33 people in the world who have this. They could tell you what they did on any given date, from when they were 10 years old to the present with detail. They can even remember what happened to them as children, but their memory is more vivid for events that happened after the age of 10 or 12.

They have their brains set up as databases that remember unusual details. When they try to remember, they can see what happened on that day in their head and recall the events. They tend to have a superior memory for dates.

The other traits they might have include spending a lot of time thinking about what happened in the past. They have a very high concentration, where they can block out any distractions in the surrounding. Yet, they are also easily distracted by memories and are more likely to fantasize and daydream.

You might think that their memory is just a lot better than other people, but it is a selective process. They might be able to tell you what they had for breakfast on February 13, 1997, but that does not mean they can list a long number or remember historical facts better than anyone else.

Their autobiographical memory is also different from other kinds of memories such as implicit memory, mnemonic memory, photographic memory, and flashbulbs memory. They are still affected by false memories just as anybody else.

Their brain is structured a little differently from everyone else.

There is a stronger white matter found between their mid and forebrain. The region of their brain that is associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is larger than average. Due to this, they have OCD tendencies.

There are benefits and disadvantages to having hyperthymesia.

They can remember anything they need that can bring back good memories or help them win arguments—though it may not be a good thing for the person on the other side of the argument and may create problems in the relationship. They can remember both good and bad memories like it just happened yesterday with the same emotional intensity, which can be wonderful or a burden.

If you are diagnosed with hyperthymesia, then consult a doctor about a management plan as it can be mentally exhausting.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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