Aphantasia post Traumatic Brain Injury; added to being Bipolar with entrenched anxieties. “The People without a Mind’s Eye” ie Living without mental imagery. For me, I had this and have tried for nearly 30 years now to understand what happened within my brain resulting from a fractured skull that changed me significantly from the person I was, who was emotional and had a vivid imagination.

This explains so much but most importantly why my rehabilitation is so dependent on the computer, social media, reading and of course sleeping. A dark mind harbouring a fear that once upon time you were a dreamer is deeply disturbed unless their are constant prompts.

2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew I would not recall so I decided I would write a book and I did and it was then I became aware of Professor Zeman, University of Exeter and the condition known as Aphantasia. It explained so much. I hope this may be of interest to others especially in the case of traumatic brain injury, possibly stroke or other memory related conditions that result in a loss of the ability to visualise.

The Aphantasia Network: https://aphantasia.com/vviq/

Close your Eyes and imagine a beach, water, sand….et al. Not possible for some.


About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for Irishhealth.com 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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