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Old 08-07-18, 06:34 PM
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Hitting the limit of my ability to think: working memory?

I suspect it's a working memory issue but I'm struggling to explain it. Imagine trying to detect a pattern in a dataset but you can't because you are unable to keep all the different subparts of the pattern in your mind at the same time.

Imagine the sequence:

11657227583347544785

A pattern in this could be for example

A repeating sequence of a pair of identical numbers (eg 11, 22, 33, etc) followed by three random digits. Let's say I get to 22. I remember that I've already seen 11. So it's a good start. They are separated by three digits. But while i am try to find a pattern in the three (random) digits I forget about the 11 and 22 (even though I might remember that I had found a subpattern of interest).

I'm not sure I'm explaining it very well. It just limits my ability to deduce and reason so much. Writing down everything or making diagrams helps only to an extent. Somehow it doesn't make up for actually being able to hold several relevant pieces of information in memory.

Meds used to help me with this but now I wonder if they are actually making the problem worse because now I focus so much on just one thing that I can't really fathom anything else. So I'd focus so much on the 11 and 22 that I wouldn't even able to start thinking about the three digits in between the identical number pairs.

It's an issue mainly at work when trying to come up with algorithms to solve a problem. It happens at both micro (eg actually trying to detect patterns as in the example above) and macro.level, forgetting important tasks that would complete the picture because I'm working on some other tiny subtask..

It feels as if I'm hitting the limits of my ability to think and I hate, hate,hate that feeling. Can anyone relate?
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