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NEW RESEARCH (Sept. 16, Nature)

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New research has just been released that examines dissociation from a novel perspective. The large group of researchers claim to have found the root of all dissociation, not just in humans, but across "all species". These findings are profound:

  • "The rhythmic activity of a single layer of neurons has now been shown to cause dissociation - an experience involving a feeling of disconnection from the surrounding world."
  • "Vesuna and colleagues' work provides compelling evidence that a low-frequency rhythm in the deep posteromedial cortex is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism that underlies dissociation across species." [link]
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The retrosplenial cortex seems a pretty fascinating area I hadn't really considered but seeing just basic info about it explains many symptoms of my individual DPD. Particularly episodic memory.. I have some form of dissociative amnesia. I just shut down when challenged, or embarrassed socially.

Dont know what this could hold, looks promising as a new idea though. Has made me consider trying Lamotrigine again. I know one person said they felt nothing for months once, then it was as if one day a lightbulb was switched on... Benzo's in small doses perhaps. Perhaps Clonazepam, although unlikely my GP will prescribe me that
On the retrosplenial cortex

- "It has [...] been suggested that retrosplenial cortex may translate between egocentric (self-centred) and allocentric (world-centred) spatial information, based upon its anatomical location between the hippocampus (where there are allocentric place cell representations) and the parietal lobe (which integrates egocentric sensory information).[15][16]"

- "Its function is currently not well understood, but its location close to visual areas and also to the hippocampal spatial/memory system suggest it may have a role in mediating between perceptual and memory functions"

Sounds relevant to DPDR.
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