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Life with ADHD – Forgetfulness, or Why Your Brain Is Like A Butterfly On Steroids – Video

The scientific term is ‘poor working memory.’ It’s forgetfulness. The ability to hold things in your mind. When your brain flits around like a butterfly on steroids, remembering why you went upstairs to the bedroom can be a challenge. Yes, everyone misplaces their keys. But every day? Day after day? Even if they have a special hook to hang their keys? This sense of always feeling lost and missing what’s going on is classic ADHD and ADD


umesh (VOICE OVER)

Inattention comes in many forms.


…Is often forgetful in daily activities.

I’m Doctor Umesh Jain.  One of the classic clichés from popular entertainment is the Absent Minded Professor.  Considering that as many as 50% of Gifted children fall under the ADHD Spectrum, there may be some truth to that.

… The Absent Minded person is literally that, absent.  They can’t remember where they put their keys because they were a million miles away when they set them down … Now and then, we all lose our keys, but when you lose them every day and sometime many times in a day, something is wrong. The person is lost in thought…

(MUTTERING) Phone… Phone…

(MUTTERING) I had it a moment ago…

Umbrella, phone, briefcase…  Briefcase?  I just had it!

Where is it?  Oh come on!  This is crazy!  I don’t have time for this…. Forget it!

How could I?….

Okay, briefcase, umbrella, phone, sunglasses… Sunglasses?

Wallet!  Darn…

Where’s my wallet?  Has anyone seen my… never mind.

Okay, briefcase, umbrella, phone, wallet, sunglasses…

Sunglasses… I had them just a…

Okay, good1

Oh, come on, I had them just a minute ago… What the…

Irresponsible! That is what the ADDer hears all the time. Imagine the shot to their self esteem let alone their own feelings of frustration and lack of confidence.

To everyone else, these are simple habits. But when you are lost in thought and/or haven’t mastered the habits, the organizational tasks seem overwhelming.

I bet you he’ll get to the corner before he notices the breeze on his legs.

So what’s the answer?


Simple.  Get a bucket.

Or an old ash tray.  A box.  Near the front door.  You walk in.  Empty your pockets. You leave, you fill them.

Five things you should have: your keys, your phone (which has a clock on it, otherwise wear a watch), your pen, your wallet with at least 5 dollars to anticipate most emergencies, and some type of calendar (paper or electronic). If you wears glasses, add it to the list. Guess what, tomorrow morning the gremlins haven’t moved it and the organizational day begins hopeful.

show bill coming out the door, checking his five things and heading off.



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5 Responses to “Life with ADHD – Forgetfulness, or Why Your Brain Is Like A Butterfly On Steroids – Video”

  1. Filmbuff1984 says:

    I’v done all of that and many more. However, I’v not left without my pants, yet. 😉

  2. spngbob says:

    this is my whole family! it is so nice to find our people!!! we are not alone or unique or less than. ive been looking for a resource like this for a long long time.
    its like watching myself for sure!! one thing about people with adhd not only are we beautiful, highly intelligent, and quite discerning, we are absolutely freaking hilarious.

    thanks for the laughs and thank you doc for your imput
    keep up the good work guys!! im passing your website along to adhd friend in west virginia!!

  3. alexisb says:

    Bill’s ADDventures tell my story. I’m overwhelmed with, with, with what I can’t even express. This video is like looking in a mirror. All these videos are like looking in a mirror. I never knew someone else would understand. I thought I was just plain simple and downright stupid. I will get a container and work on the suggestion about putting it all in when I come in and taking it all out when I leave. I just have to leave it all in until it’s time to go again. Wish me luck!! And THANK YOU!!!!

  4. Larynxa says:

    Working memory involves capacity, time, and effort. And we trip up on all three.

    CAPACITY: Working memory increases in capacity as we grow up.

    A typical 5-year-old can remember 1 thing. A typical 7-year-old can remember 2 things. A typical 10-year-old can remember 3 things. A typical 18-year-old can remember 4 things. Working memory reaches its peak (5 items) at the age of 25. Then it slowly declines as we age.

    But that only applies to typical NEUROTYPICALS.

    Though an ADDer’s working memory peaks at age 25 too, its capacity is only 2 items. So, on our very best day, we have the working memory of a neurotypical 7-year-old!

    TIME: How long it takes to receive, process, & use the information.

    We do each of these at different speeds, instead of in synch. And things come at us so quickly, that we don’t have time to take them all in, let alone process & use them.

    EFFORT: It’s so hard to receive, process, & use all that information, that we get overwhelmed and just tune out.

    So now you know. But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when you forget where you put your keys!

  5. chantillielace says:

    with me, i have noticed that it’s not that i have a hard time remembering things, it’s that i remember all off the things that really do not matter, and i forget the important thing

    and then there is the feeling that you are ALWAYS forgetting something, when usually you havent