People think that a procedure to forget or to manage pain in memory such as the one in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is science fiction, but in reality it isn’t.

eternal_web_1024I’ve been under medication for the past few months for depression and anxiety. The thing about depression is that you worry so much about the past, while in anxiety, you worry much about the future. This happens often both in excess to the point that worry becomes unnecessary and that it hinders your from living to the present (or that’s how I see it). I remember watching “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” a couple of years back and think now that the concept of “forgetting” to manage pain from a failed relationship to a humiliating experience through a procedure is not as far fetched from what is happening in real life. Coming from a failed relationship that triggered my recent episode of depression and anxiety, I remember drinking medication to manage the pain that I felt to be “functional”. There are also other ways in which people find ways or treatments to depression such as Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in which one can probably parallel it to the film. I guess this was what Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was really all about. It was about people managing the pain or loss that paved way their depression. It was unfortunate though, whether it be science fiction or in real life that we find forgetting as the only way to manage these feelings.


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