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9 Tips to Deal with Forgetfulness in ADHD

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Associate Editor

9 Tips to Deal with Forgetfulness in ADHD

Forgetfulness is a symptom that “can impact everything” for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), said Mindy Schwartz Katz, MS, ACC. Katz is a coach who empowers clients with ADHD to get over, around and through the obstacles that get in the way of living their unique life.

It can affect how you work. For instance, one of Katz’s clients, a contractor, bought the wrong paint color for a job, costing him extra time and money. Another client got fired from a production line because they forgot a safety procedure.

It also can affect your home life. You might forget to pay the bills, run important errands and acknowledge special occasions. Your spouse and family may interpret your forgetfulness as a sign that you don’t care about them, Katz said.

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9 Tips to Deal with Forgetfulness in ADHD

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  1. Does this also include people with ADD which I have and I am dysfunctional. I’m 63 and I was diagnosed with ADD about ten years ago. One of my daughters also is the same. The Psychiatrist wanted me to take meds, I refused. He also gave me the task of note taking, etc. which I just forgot to do.

    Just wanting to know.

    • I’m not a professional in this area but can maybe help answer your question. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is the official clinical term now that covers ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Like you I’m older and diagnosed about 10 years ago, possibly because I was never hyperactive just “spacey”. By the way, meds (Ritalin or Concerta [like time released Ritalin] have helped me a lot so I’m sorry you refused that option. Keep reading this column by Margarita Tartakovsky! I find it very helpful and I hope you do to. By the way, you made me laugh that you forgot to take the doctor’s advice to make lists.

  2. While I’m commenting – I love your blog! Was thinking about the person fired from a production line: worst ADD job ever next to a job that requires filling out forms all day. If I had a job like that I’d feel like a loser everyday. Instead I have a job that uses all my strengths (creativity, humor, love for new stimulus, etc.). I hope being fired was a gift that allowed them to find a job like that.

  3. Dating and Loving a person with ADHD is rewarding, but I understood your comments about not feeling cared for. I began to take it personal. Thank you for educating me.

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