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Old 01-31-2016, 01:04 PM
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One nondrug, nontherapy bit of advice for almost everyone these days, ADD or not, is to slooooooow down instead of thinking of the next several things you want to do after you do whatever it is you thought had started to do but, Hey, what was it I went upstairs to get in the first place?!!? Oh, maybe that's it over there but wasn't there something else, too?!?? [Run downstairs and suddenly remember what the third item upstairs was. Meanwhile, the thing downstairs that you left unattended "for just a few seconds" has now burned, overboiled, timed out, gone to sleep, etc.]

Managing attention is the problem, not "paying attention." I get the other version, zoning out and focusing narrowly on an activity and not even noticing other things around me, also common in ADD. Frankly, I love that, but it too is sometimes inappropriate for the situation at that time.

What's funny to me is that in an emergency situation where I have to act quickly, I almost magically "see" the best action to take. There is no conscious effort involved.

Oh, yeah, run-on sentences probably indicate I need to take one. thought. at. a. time.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:57 PM
Location: U.S. Pacific Northwest
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For me, it's not forming memories that's the problem. It's being distracted to the point I can't concentrate. As for keys, I leave them in the same place at home, every day. If I didn't, I'd NEVER be able to find them. One time I couldn't find my keys. I looked everywhere. I finally backtracked, and found my keys, in my utility shed, in my back yard.

I can't tell you how many times I've gotten distracted, and pushed the button on the Keurig machine, and not put a coffee cup there to catch the coffee. That kind of distraction.

I like the idea of using my phone to help is situations to help remember things.
I've done things like that, although for me is more about forgetting to put the filter in and starring the machine.

Any emotionally loaded situation can trigger a short-circuit. If I'm having a problem at work, I'll forget my wallet or ID, or to eat; at home, procrastinate, or start four or five tasks at once but finish none of them, or forget why I needed to go to a room. That kind of thing.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:05 PM
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I wonder whether the neurotransmitter, GABBA plays a role or whether boosting levels would help. I take a supplement that boost levels and I find myself calmer and better able to concentrate. I also sleep better. That supplement is L-Theanine.

It would probably help to cut down on stimulants like coffee, chocolate and sugar. Well, chocolate is cocoa and sugar. Sugar works differently to caffeine and cocoa though.
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