Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Remembering to Remember

People with ADHD are often maligned for being forgetful. It's a problem that frequently gets them into trouble. Wedding anniversaries, birthdays, shopping and household chores are some of the casualties of the ADHD-brain. Hurt friends incorrectly assume that "if it was important enough to you, then you'd remember!" Well, that's not necessarily the case. One client told me how he fronted up for his TEE maths exam without any writing materials - his mum had to zip down to Officeworks to get the necessary supplies. Of course his TEE was important to him, but he was focusing on the content of the exam rather than the practicality of writing it.

There are many strategies for Remembering to Remember. It's a matter of finding what works for you. Perhaps your mobile phone or Blackberry can be programmed with reminders; computer software programmes are great - when you're at your computer; post-it notes work wonders for some. Find your strategy and make it work for you.

"Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself" - Andre Gide

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