How normal is a terrible memory?
February 28, 2007 10:17 PM Subscribe
Bad memory makes me feel stupid.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My memory is absolutely abyssmal...to the point where I worry about it and even get depressed. I often can't recall the plot of a movie I've seen a couple of years ago, and I only remember the name of one or two of all of the teachers I had in school (elementary through high school!). I struggle with learning new things, although I can memorize with a great deal of effort and repetition.
The interesting thing about this is that my siblings are extremely intelligent and successful. I've always felt that something was wrong with me, and that I am smart but there's a spot where my thinking doesn't work. It seems to have to do with the way I process information and store memories.
Anyway, I'm just wondering if it's just "normal" for some people to have such a horrible memory. I'm in my 30s and I don't have a history of substance abuse problems, head injury or anything like that.
My current doctor says he's quite sure that I don't have ADD. Sometimes I wonder if I might have even had heavy metal poisoning as a child. I did play with mercury once (around age 13?) and drank from a pewter goblet around age 15-16 (not knowing that pewter contains lead).