Abstract and Keywords
Attention, concentration, memory, and their disorders cover a wide field of psychopathology. It is important to see how central attention and concentration are to our mental lives and, therefore, to our being. Memory, in its many forms, is also pervasive in our lives. The disorders of these mental phenomena, therefore, affect us in multiple ways. This article starts by asserting that (and how) attention, concentration, and memory are closely tied to our sense of being the sort of beings that we are. But it moves on to survey the many disorders that result from disturbances in these psychic phenomena. These include obvious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, delirium, dementia, depression, mania, and schizophrenia; and disorders as varied as transient global amnesia, semantic dementia, dissociative amnesia, Korsakov’s syndrome, and a raft of neurotic or stress-related conditions. Hence, a variety of different psychiatric diseases share these common psychopathological phenomena.
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