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the dave
08-09-13, 07:55 PM
Problems with my memory.

Hi, I just thought i'd share this with people, to see if theres anyone here that can relate and who have had/ do have similar problems.

I've just been diagnosed with ADHD-I, and I'm waiting for the report back. I've felt both a strange mixture of relief, but also the feeling that this diagnosis is just the tip of the iceberg. My medical history begins, for the record- with my 'diagnosis' of Asperger Syndrome just after a left primary school, I had social problems but also it would seem linguistic? and cognitive problems which I read don't go with AS. Which later it would seem would be turned around (the original diagnosis was somewhat sketchy, it was the opinion of the school doctor that I had Asperger so it wasn't that official, nor do I have any such report). My 'second' diagnosis, if you can call it that was of the opinion that I didn't have Asperger for there would have to be significant evidence of routines and rituals, I was very disorganized as a child and forgetful. I guess I have two questions-

Does anyone who has ADHD-I, have problems with memory- I forget a lot of what I read and although I am getting better at processing it and understanding it at the time, I also can't remember conversations that I had with my Dad which is kind of upsetting. Memory feels like it lacks definition, when reading I can forget the information and have trouble relating it to the rest, as I've heard described of Working Memory.(I.E reading individual words of sentences, adding up sentences, then paragraphs and processing that information.)
The doctor identified my problem with information processing and described me as being slow, but I was/am unsure of whether it is a compound problem, I have been reading about memory to try and locate where things might be going wrong, It would seem of course that what I read doesn't reach my long term memory- and if thoughts/memories were adhesive they wouldn't be sticky enough :p

So, I think I can hold things in my short term memory, and I have had a tendency to daydream in the past- now it feels like a sort of mute distraction, or just losing focus, although I do still catch myself drifting off/zoning out.
That must be effecting things, what I've read must be visualized as I can't seem to memorise by sound- sometimes as in the case of poetry, trying to memorize poetry- using very symbolic images; which in the end seem to disappear and I'm left with the rhythm, meter and sound of the words instead. But over time they are leaching away, I actually sometimes feel like memories are actively fading- it wasn't all that long ago that I learned these poems and I recalled them over the days and weeks after.

Hopefully I'll feel a difference when I take medication (concerta), it seems like that in situations where information is being 'thrown' at me, I can't process it and store it quickly enough- convert it to a format that is strong enough to be retained. And all the while other information is competing for that space, but reading is more manageable because I can do it at my own pace.

Anyway, what do you people think? Does it sound to you people like there could be something else going on? Or is it all attributable to ADHD-I and the described problem of information processing. Thanks.

-Dave.

P.S. sorry if this is in the wrong place, I wasn't quite sure where to post it.

the dave
08-10-13, 10:44 AM
Hi, just thought i'd post a little bit more to clarify. Information from a report by a speech and language therapist I had in 2008.
I had a statement of special educational needs- my problems related to high level language difficulties. Which affected classroom performance and my ability to socialise.

'Significant linguistic processing difficulties', 'poor social understanding, and use of language'.

Cognitive assessment at the time:
-non verbal abilities within the average range.
-verbal skills had a very unusual profile, scores at the 9th and 25th centile. vocabulary score at the 95th.

Weak auditory memory, processing difficulties.

Adduce
08-12-13, 03:59 AM
Adhd-PI seems to be linked especially to poor working memory (which in turn affects reading comprehension), so I'd assume a lot of your test results would be consistent with that diagnosis.

Adhd-PI is my official diagnosis via an educational psychologist and psychiatrist, and some of the things you said are similar to my experience.

Here's a link which you may find interesting. I've posted some videos on there which may be worth a look.

www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146717 (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146717)

the dave
08-12-13, 01:46 PM
Yeah, i've been reading a bit about it here and there, it seems to be both that and being slow- I don't know if one is caused by the other or they're independent.
I'll have a look at the videos, i've come across Tony Buzan before. You might also want to try some of the stuff on www.ludism.org/mentat

Adduce
08-13-13, 04:21 PM
Yeah, i've been reading a bit about it here and there, it seems to be both that and being slow- I don't know if one is caused by the other or they're independent.
I'll have a look at the videos, i've come across Tony Buzan before. You might also want to try some of the stuff on www.ludism.org/mentat (http://www.ludism.org/mentat)

I found this article very interesting and is written by a UK educational psychologist.
It reviews working memory training and study skills. The conclusions of the author are at the end of the report.

http://www.google.co.uk/url?q=http:/...WQdNunke3gfpfQ (http://www.google.co.uk/url?q=http://psych.cf.ac.uk/docs/dedpsy_topup/Working%2520Memory%2520Training%2520draft%2520v5.d oc&sa=U&ei=GMSDUbHbG6Sf0QWeg4HYCQ&ved=0CBsQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNFee-t9vOmMokyDWQdNunke3gfpfQ)