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14 Feb 2006

Difference between long-term and short-term memory as an indicator of emotional instability
when I was in school we had to do a barrage of aptitude tests which included short-term and long-term memory tests. When the school guidance teacher discussed the results with me and my parents she said that the marked difference between the results of the two memory tests were an indicator of emotional instability. I was wondering how this works and if there is a relationship between long term and short term memory and mental disorders. A few years later I was diagnoised with bi-polar disorder, but I have never read anything about it being linked to memory...
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cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

No school guidance teacher is in any way qualified to make any clinical diagnosis, but marked disparity between some types of tests such as testing of diferent aspects of our intelligence, can indicate SOME possible emotional problems, among other explanations. Bipolar disorder doesn't specifically effect memory, and I haven't heard of this effect on memory tests
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