here is a q: have any of you experienced significantly impaired memory as an adult, as a result of either mental illness or medication? trauma qua trauma seems like it might be a whole other kettle of brain fish, but we’ll throw that one in there too. do you have tools for dealing with this? ETA: clarification: i am interested in ways of improving my memory (like exercises or whatever? idk ask your grandma) as well as ways of coping with shitty memory.
my memory has never been prodigious but until pretty recently i could hold a lot of detail in my mind at once, and now i can’t remember simple and very recent things and it is like, a pretty serious impairment that is affecting my work and my relationships and my ability to like, cope with myself. i think the main cause may be my meds, which i would like eventually to discontinue anyway, but that’s not a practical short-term solution.
one approach to this would be like, relentless writing-down of things, listmaking, agenda-keeping, etc. there is a kind of life-admin skill set that i never really learned (partly because i could keep things in my head, partly because, like, undiagnosed adhd?) that i have known i need anyway, but i haven’t figured out how to learn those things as an adult.
as much as i fucking hate to say this, i think something like a bullet journal might be what i need. a single notebook in which i can keep track of my day-to-day and longer-term things, do both listmaking and regular diary-style journalling, and with space to write down things as they occur to me. i don’t have the first fucking clue how to set one up that would work for me (skills i do not have: design, spatial reasoning, and you know, MEMORY.) but maybe i should try.
idk what do y’all think