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Old 10-16-19, 10:54 PM
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Re: Memory Issues

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Originally Posted by TygerSan View Post
From a brain perspective, if things don’t make it past short term memory or the get jumbled up there, it’s hard for them to get encoded into long term memory in a meaningful way.

Sorry for rambling. I guess my point is that memory is weird, ADHD is weird, ergo ADHD memory is especially weird.
I appreciate your response and didn't feel that you were rambling.

I'm wondering if, in my case, the events that I don't remember just didn't get encoded into long term memory, perhaps because they didn't interest me or because there wasn't much emotion attached to them. The only thing that I remember about a trip I took with my parents to Rome when I was 8 is that my father taught me how to catch lizards in the ruins there. But I don't remember anything else about Rome. Apparently, catching lizards was very interesting to me as an eight year old whereas a bunch of Roman monuments weren't.

The only thing I remember from the 6th grade is when a teacher singled me out and said something that humiliated me in front of the whole class. Feeling humiliated evoked a lot of intense emotion in me at the time and perhaps that's why I remember this. But I don't remember any of the other students in my class or even what the teacher who humiliated me looked like. I do seem more likely to have remembered other events from my past that involved a lot of emotion.

But I guess that going to a relative's wedding or even to my grandmother's 80th birthday party must not have been that interesting to me. Maybe they seemed like a lot of other family gatherings to me and nothing special or memorable. I also find that I sometimes have a general notion about some things that happened in my past but I don't remember any of the details at all or the sequence that events occurred in.
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