Sunday, April 25, 2010

Near Death Experience

Recently I came across a word called “NDE” (Near Death Experience).  Some commentators claim that the number of near-death experiences may be underestimated, mainly because some such individuals are presumably afraid or otherwise reluctant to talk about their experiences.
My mother used to narrate the experiences of my father when he was serving the Royal Air Force in early 40s during the Second World War. Once he was declared clinically dead and was kept in mortuary. After some time he regained consciousness and attempting to sit and to come out of the mortuary. Doctors and nurses who were coming inside to dump some more corpses were astonished by this rare sight. After this incident he could live for another 24 years. But he was not disturbed by this incident.
NDEs are among the phenomena studied in the fields of parapsychology, psychology, psychiatry, and hospital medicine.
These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or otherwise very close to death, hence the term near-death death experience. Many NDE reports, however, originate from events that are not life-threatening. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased.
Near-death experiences can have a major impact on the people who have them, and they may produce a variety of after-effects. NDE subjects have increased activity in the left temporal lobeNDEs are also associated with changes in personality and outlook on life.