Symptoms of ADHD:Forgetting

by Stephanie on May 7, 2015

On this blog we have been going through the symptoms of ADHD. I  have often talked about ADHD as my super power. However, there are some points of ADHD that make it both good and bad. Forgetting, is one of them.

Before we get into it, always as a disclaimer, I say to you this page is for assistance in helping with a struggle to know if you are ADHD. It is not a diagnostic tool. If you feel you have ADHD, talk to a doctor and get diagnosed. Self diagnosis could be wrong. Forgetting things happens to the best of us. As a symptom of ADHD, it would mean that it happens more often than not and effects your day to day life.

That being said, let’s move forward. I am going to use aspects of my life to show how ADHD efects people.  I like definitions as this makes the ADHD process easier to understand even for me. I am breaking each symptom down as often times a huge list makes me crazy.

To forget, out of the dictionary, means: You are unable to remember, you dismiss memories from the mind or stop remembering. Forgetting can also mean to  leave behind unintentionally. You may  forget to do something.

 
 

You are unable to remember is the first part I want to break down. When it comes down to it, you know physically that you need to do something. I have had moments where I know I need to take a bath, I realize I should do it, I make plans to take it. I will then feel tired, get interested in something else and forget that I should have taken the bath all together. I am unable to recall that I had that plan until I have seen the tub. 

Being unable to remember has brought about some interesting moments. I work in a nursing homeand once a week I have to move tables to produce a dance floor for my seniors.  When I am done, I have no idea where the tables are supposed to go. I often rely on the kitchen manager to aide me in moving them back to where she wants. I start them and she finishes them.

You can often dismiss a memory from your mind. This can actually be a blessing and a hinderance. The reason why it can bea blessing is I do not always remember arguments. I do not always remember the anger. This means people with ADHD may forgive faster than normal.


  

Dismissing a memory from your mind can be negative too. I find I often make the same mistakes over and over again before I learn. My visual memory is easily dismissed unless I have an auditorty connection to it. If someone wants me to recal dates I have done things in the past, I often will forget them unless I have an auditory connection or it was really significant.

Forgetting something, this happens all the time. I have forgotten my keys, my name tage and all things important.  I have had to call bosses in to let me into the office at work. It can be frustrating and most embarassing. 

Forgetting to do something important. I forgot to print out special decorations once at work. I forgot that I had agreed to even do it. 

Forgetting or not doing things consistently has often lead me to lower preformance reviews. ADHD does effect my life. 


I hope this was helpful and I hope it aids you in getting the support you need.





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Symptoms of ADHD: Disorganization

by Stephanie on April 12, 2015

From an etemology (Study of words and how they are put together as well as history)

disorganize or Disorganized came into the english language in 1793, from French désorganiser, from dés- “not” (see dis-) + organiser “organize” . This word and related forms were introduced in English in reference to the French Revolution. 

To get to the root of being disorganized it is fun to understand what being organized is.

organize  came from the early 15th century meaning to, “construct, establish,” from Middle French organiser and directly from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum “instrument, organ” (see organ). 

Being disorganized can hit anyone. However, once again, in the ADHD world, if it effects your day to day life more significantly than others, then guess what? You could have ADHD. The thing to remember is not to self diagnose as it is easy to do this. ADHD takes professionals to diagnose properly. And even if you have a proper diagnoises it could be a number of other facts such as stress for instance.

I have met people who are perfectly organized in one sense and have had their whole lives turned upsidedown in the face of stress.

In my case I know I am ADHD. I was diagnoised as a child with ADD and later it all fell under the same category. I do not have as much of the hyperactive as I do the impulse, inattention and disorganization. This is common in adults. 

 

 

To say I am disorganized can be an understatement. However, to say I am trying to improve that would also be very much an understatement. 

Some aspects of disorganization in a person with ADHD are: time management, keeping track of what you are supposed to do during a day, prioritizing  and timeliness. 

Time management can be very difficult for those who have ADHD. At work, I love to be busy all the time. This can be frusterating to my husband as he wants me home on time. If I start anything ten minutes before my shift ends, chances are, I would be a very late wife. 

Managing time has been taught to me since elementry school since that lovely day they handed me my first planner. The only sad part was I really didn’t know or understand how to use it. I knew they wanted me to write out my homework. However, I would often leave the planner at school. Ooops. I would have a list of things to do but have no idea how to get them done.

Keeping track of what I was supposed to do….this one became most frusterating. I would be told four things to get from downstairs, by the time I got there I would forget all or most of them. 

Prioritizing was also painful. I could have an idea of what I needed to do and the order however,if something came by that I wanted to do, it would be moved to the top of my list. Whatever I didn’t want to do seemed to go lower.

Lastly, time often doesn’t exist. Deadlines come and go and we can’t believe that they are due. I had times when I should have handed in an assignment, even at work and didn’t realize it was due.

 

Anyone can make these mistakes. Like I said, for people with ADHD this is constant and effects life as we know it. People have been fired or nearly fired for mistakes that they seem to never learn from.However, it is just simply that their bodies and minds are not functioning properly and they need to find more ways of doing things.

I hope this was helpful. 

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Symptoms of ADHD: Hyperfocus

April 5, 2015

According to Wikipedia Hyperfocus is: an intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses consciousness on a subject, topic, or task. In some individuals, various subjects or topics may also include daydreams, concepts, fiction, the imagination, and other objects of the mind. Hyperfocus on a certain subject can cause side-tracking away from assigned or important tasks. Hyperfocus can be both a hinderance as well as a glorified […]

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Symptoms of ADHD: Lack of Focus/Concentration

March 20, 2015

 A lack thereof some people say but I say no! We do not have a lack of focus, quite the opposite! There are so many choices for us to focus on that we cannot concentrate on one. All the thoughts seem to come at once. People want us to completely focus on what they think […]

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Praise…

March 5, 2015

The hardest thing for me to put up with is too much praise. I am talking compliments where people praise me and say, “You do a good job”…I don’t know how to respond to it. I grew up recieving a lot of negative stuff on what I did bad. Therefore when I do well, at […]

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Anxiety and ADHD

February 13, 2015

ADHD symptoms can be very interesting to say the least. When you are passionate and you worry others won’t be for instance, anxiety may happen. When you want something done right and procrastinate planning of it, you may become anxious. Most ADHDers love the crunch time. However, do the people around you love it? Yesterday […]

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100+

January 30, 2015

Our facebook page has reached above 100 and I never thought it would. I say to those people who read this blog, thank you. Thank you for supporting the dance of ADHD…the dips, the twirls and the flips that have brought me to an understanding of how wonderful we are as a community. I thought […]

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ADHD 101: Inattentive

January 17, 2015

Stephanie here hoping all is well in ADHD land. Learning about your type of ADHD is important. I should know, I have ADHD. It took a long time for me to understand what that meant for me. What is more important though is going from diagnosis of ones self to seeing a doctor. That is […]

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ADHD 101: The Impulsive

January 12, 2015

Hello, I’m Stephanie and I have ADHD. Well I guess you know that if you are following this page. However, what you may not know is, I have impulsive ADHD. Heh heh. It is quite frustrating. You can often find me fidgeting with something. I bite my nails at times (Wash my hands afterwards) I […]

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