The fourth title in an all-new series exploring how to cope with problems of the mind What we know about the workings of the human brain has increased immeasurably in recent times. We now know exactly which parts of the brain react when we feel panicked, depressed, or overwhelmed emotionally. It is this new science which can help us to understand how our brain generates the feelings we experience and, in turn, how we can control those feelings. Our capacity to remember things can be affected by age, disease, or damage to the brain. This book examines which parts of the brain govern memory and how memory loss can be controlled. A combination of cognitive therapy exercises to retrain the brain and advice on drugs to suit individual needs are provided to improve the problems of both short- and long-term memory loss.
John Illman is the former Health Editor of The Guardian and health correspondent for The Observer. He is a lecturer in medical journalism at the University of Westminster and has written two books, 'The Expert Patient' and 'The Body Machine'. Rita Carter is a medical and science writer specialising in neuropsychology and mental health. She writes regularly for The Times, Telegraph, New Scientist, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and writes the health pages for SHE magazine. She has won numerous awards for her writing including two for outstanding contribution to medical journalism, and is the bestselling author of Mapping The Mind (Weidenfeld 1998).