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    I'm losing my mind or did I ever really have it?

    Ever since I was a Teenager. I have been a rather forgetful fellow. Forgetting to be somewhere at a certain time.Forgetting names etc. Now I'm considerably older. I think i have probably got worse.
    I am even worse with names now. I can be introduced to someone and forget their name 5 minutes later. About 10 years ago I was at an exhibition this younger guy came up to me and said hello. He had started work at a small company (5 people) that I worked at 1 month before I left. I had absolutely no recollection of him at all. I have always had a day book at work to substitute for my poor memory. for some reason if I write it down I tend to remember it to the point of if asked by a colleague i could recall where on the page it was written, some what like a photograph in my mind. I need to put reminders in my smartphone or I totally forget or remember after the event. I only remember fleeting moments in my life and of my children. My children constantly correct me when I say I remember when you did this and am told it was one of the others. My mind seems to work like a camera where I have only a snapshot of an event. I dont have a recall of the whole event. The only exception are traumas which one naturally tends to remember. The only new years eve I remember well is 2000. What I did on previous birthdays, Christmas etc has vanished. 2 months from now I will have no idea when I posted this. My memory only seems to be about 64KB. I was tested by a doctor for early onset alzheimers but he said I was fine. None of my friends seem to have such a poor memory. It's just so bloody frustrating!! Am I in the small minority?

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    I'm waiting for Alzheimer's to kick in so I can remember my childhood in detail, minute by minute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Ever since I was a Teenager. I have been a rather forgetful fellow. Forgetting to be somewhere at a certain time.Forgetting names etc. Now I'm considerably older. I think i have probably got worse.

    I am even worse with names now.
    I can be introduced to someone and forget their name 5 minutes later.

    About 10 years ago I was at an exhibition this younger guy came up to me and said hello. He had started work at a small company (5 people) that I worked at 1 month before I left.
    I had absolutely no recollection of him at all.

    I have always had a day book at work to substitute for my poor memory. For some reason if I write it down I tend to remember it to the point of if asked by a colleague i could recall where on the page it was written, some what like a photograph in my mind.

    I need to put reminders in my smartphone or I totally forget or remember after the event. I only remember fleeting moments in my life and of my children. My children constantly correct me when I say I remember when you did this and am told it was one of the others.

    My mind seems to work like a camera where I have only a snapshot of an event.
    I don't have a recall of the whole event.

    The only exception are traumas which one naturally tends to remember. The only new years eve I remember well is 2000.
    What I did on previous birthdays, Christmas etc has vanished. 2 months from now I will have no idea when I posted this.
    My memory only seems to be about 64KB.

    I was tested by a doctor for early onset alzheimers but he said I was fine.
    None of my friends seem to have such a poor memory. It's just so bloody frustrating!!

    Am I in the small minority?

    Am I in the small minority?


    If you are in a minority ... you have at least one other in the same boat.

    I could pen a similar story.

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    It's worth it for the super powers, however...

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    I guy returns to his doctor to get the results of some tests.
    Doc says he's got good news and bad news.
    Guy says give me the bad news first so the good news can cheer me up.
    "Well, you have terminal xyz disease and you are going to die in 6 months"
    "That's terrible! What could possibly be good news after that?"
    "You also have Alzheimers, so you can go home and forget about it".


    They say omniscience would be a terrible burden. Look on the bright side Hugh, and consider that you have forgotten a lot of sad stuff thus making your life more pleasant without any bad memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Ever since I was a Teenager. I have been a rather forgetful fellow.
    Do you really have a bad memory is it simply selective. Can you remember the first or second house you lived in? Address is irrelevant. How about your first girlfriend? First car?

    for some reason if I write it down I tend to remember it
    Everyone is like that . The muscle memory thing works there. One can even pretend to write it. That also works. But your hand has to go through the motions.

    You remember things that are important to YOU and not all the other detritus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    One can even pretend to write it. That also works. But your hand has to go through the motions.
    That's interesting.
    So lets say I witness a robbery and the thief races off on a motosy...if I pretend write on my palm, I should be able to remember the rego. Cool. I'm going to try it out.

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    I wouldn't worry too much, Hugh. It seems that your mind is just wired that way.

    I'd like to point out that short-term memory is quite separate from long-term memory. You need to repeat stuff a few times for it to go into long-term memory.

    Don't worry about the name part. There are LOTS and LOTS of people who cannot remember names easily. I am one too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam
    if I pretend write on my palm, I should be able to remember the rego. Cool. I'm going to try it out.
    Maybe not if you are on your way home from the bar

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    Hugh....how is your sleep ? Do you feel well-rested in the morning ? Because if you don't sleep well, this will affect your memory in a big way.
    Last edited by Latindancer; 20-04-2017 at 04:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    One can even pretend to write it. That also works. But your hand has to go through the motions.
    That's interesting.
    So lets say I witness a robbery and the thief races off on a motosy...if I pretend write on my palm, I should be able to remember the rego. Cool. I'm going to try it out.
    May take some time before you witness a robbery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Hugh....how is your sleep ? Do you feel well-rested in the morning ? Because if you don't sleep well, this will affect your memory in a big way.
    Is Alzheimer's creeping up on ya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    One can even pretend to write it. That also works. But your hand has to go through the motions.
    That's interesting.
    So lets say I witness a robbery and the thief races off on a motosy...if I pretend write on my palm, I should be able to remember the rego. Cool. I'm going to try it out.
    May take some time before you witness a robbery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    There are LOTS and LOTS of people who cannot remember names easily. I am one too...
    Problems..............

    Easy for you to get over that, just tie a name tag round your neck.

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    At work, I use a sheet of A4 size of recycled paper as my mouse pad. When I get in, I go through the things I've got to do that day that are more teacher management things than the lessons I've got to teach (that's another planner).

    Throughout the day, I add and make notes and use my "mouse pad" as my checklist of things. The next morning, I use the previous days mouse pad to start the next day's mouse pad.

    Works for me as my memory isn't all of what it was years ago....
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    I've always used a notebook and pencil to jot down things as I go along, sometimes I refer back to it, but often find that simply jotting things down 'files' the item in my mind.

    At uni I was an avid note taker during lectures, sometimes used an audio recorder, surprising the amount of missing points and inaccurate stuff in the note book by comparison to the audio replay later.

    I'd redo the notes for the disabled, $5 a lecture, taking another hour of my time.

    Result was much of the info was retained, by hearing the lecture, writing as much down as possible once, then listening to the lecture again on audio while rewriting the second set of notes, so that final study before end of term exams was no more than 5-10 hours max revision compared with 5 days prep of the term's work for other students.

    Gotta add, that I'd carb up on glucose (you need 150 gm of glucose a day for proper brain function and even more during stress as in exams)..along with with Vit C the day before the exam, and drink a bottle of glucose and vit C solution during the exam, after walking at a fast clip to uni.

    Brilliant results, memory came flooding in high speed, I'd finish the exams well before time, wanting more to do, so walked out early,...powerful energy.....that at 60 yoa.

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    What's this thread about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    What's this thread about?

    Common Farang afflictions.
    Invented health conditions.


    Easy prey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Ever since I was a Teenager. I have been a rather forgetful fellow. Forgetting to be somewhere at a certain time.Forgetting names etc. Now I'm considerably older. I think i have probably got worse.
    I am even worse with names now. I can be introduced to someone and forget their name 5 minutes later. About 10 years ago I was at an exhibition this younger guy came up to me and said hello. He had started work at a small company (5 people) that I worked at 1 month before I left. I had absolutely no recollection of him at all. I have always had a day book at work to substitute for my poor memory. for some reason if I write it down I tend to remember it to the point of if asked by a colleague i could recall where on the page it was written, some what like a photograph in my mind. I need to put reminders in my smartphone or I totally forget or remember after the event. I only remember fleeting moments in my life and of my children. My children constantly correct me when I say I remember when you did this and am told it was one of the others. My mind seems to work like a camera where I have only a snapshot of an event. I dont have a recall of the whole event. The only exception are traumas which one naturally tends to remember. The only new years eve I remember well is 2000. What I did on previous birthdays, Christmas etc has vanished. 2 months from now I will have no idea when I posted this. My memory only seems to be about 64KB. I was tested by a doctor for early onset alzheimers but he said I was fine. None of my friends seem to have such a poor memory. It's just so bloody frustrating!! Am I in the small minority?
    See a cognitive professional and take some tests.


    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    What's this thread about?
    Popcorn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    What's this thread about?
    People losing their minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    What's this thread about?
    When I was young I dreaded old peoples company because all they wanted to talk about was what the doctor said and what medicines they where taking.
    I dreaded getting to that boring stage of life, but it's fkn happened.

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    those that have taken notes will win

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    true,...take note. ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    What's this thread about?
    When I was young I dreaded old peoples company because all they wanted to talk about was what the doctor said and what medicines they where taking.
    I dreaded getting to that boring stage of life, but it's fkn happened.
    When I was a kid, my mum would take me and my little sister round to old folks homes on Sunday afternoons to sing (unaccompanied) in two part harmony to the residents, to cheer them up,...they did, in fact love it,....voices of little angels.

    We were rewarded with cake and Tizer, or Lucozade. My little brother was firmly excluded from this perk, as he was a tone deaf little shit, who had to be dragged off to the beach to scream at seagulls and throw stones.

    The only thing I dreaded about these visits was making the rounds of those old dears who would insist on us kissing them good-bye, or thank you or some such, (the smell of the face powder lingers in my memory to this day) at which point some of them would give us a few pence...extra pocket money, which we were warned never to tell our little brother about, otherwise he'd go ape.

    Their garish lipstick and powdered moustaches and beards scared the hell out of me!

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