August 9, 2018 at 2:14 pm #90744
I can’t seem to remember a majority of my childhood before age 11. I just always thought this was normal until I heard a lot of people talk in detail about their childhood. Does anybody else with ADHD have this problem?
August 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm #90751
I remember some things but not nearly as much about my childhood as my wife remembers about hers. Of course, this didn’t stop at the end of childhood.
Embarrassing incident: I went to a 40th class reunion and there was a women there that remembered me in great detail. I didn’t even recognize her name. I went back and looked at her photo in the yearbook (she had changed a lot and for the better) and then vaguely remembered her, and the crush I had had on her. Oh well.
August 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm #90773
I think we have more emotional thoughts than event oriented ones. So it’s hard to remember a lot of details. I can’t remember much about interactions and situations with other people, but I can easily remember objects and some frequent locations. Old bikes, trikes, skateboards and scooters. Outdoor toys like the frisbee, hula hoop, slip n slide, and the deadly water wiggle. All the different plants and trees in the backyard. An old photograph will immediately bring back all that physical stuff, but memories of events seem to be very short lived and not that interesting.
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August 10, 2018 at 6:45 am #90778
Glad you asked this. I’ve always wondered wth happened to me that caused me to block out so much of my childhood, my 2 sisters remembered a lot more than I did, and with more detail. My childhood wasn’t great, but it wasn’t so bad that I needed to dissociate. I guess because we have “interest based” nervous systems a lot of it was just not interesting enough to remember ? Not sure how that works to be honest.
August 10, 2018 at 8:54 am #90786
Wait, you mean childhood is actually a real thing that people go through?
Yeah, I have a good memory for things I’ve learned with interest, but the memory of my life events is very poor. I only remember emotionally potent events. I haven’t lived in the town I grew up in since I was 18, and when former school mates try to friend me on Facebook, I have no idea who they are. I thought they all hated me, so I never bothered to remember any of them.
August 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm #90779
It’s not just us… http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1087054713510561
August 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm #90836
Hi sorry for a strange question,but just want to how do you guys feel about the things which you have done in impulsivity to your primary caregivers n friends ..
August 13, 2018 at 7:54 pm #91070
I am new to this site but I admit that I’m very happy I ran agross it. I don’t feel like I’m crazy anymore. I also have little memory of my childhood. My friends talk about growing up in such detail and here I am dumbfounded. Always praying they don’t ask me anything about my childhood. I often wondered what was wrong with me because I can only remember certain situation centered around negative emotions. But after reading what you all have shared….I don’t feel alone and worried. Thank you for sharing.
August 16, 2018 at 7:18 pm #91378
My kids would ask for bedtime stories about my childhood which they very much enjoyed, but I remember I would have trouble coming up with stuff. One time my daughter said, we love your stories, but they are all so sad. I realized she was right, the only stuff I could come up involved something somewhat traumatic and exciting. Not that I had a horrible childhood, I just can’t seem to remember any of the good stuff, except in very brief glimpses, nothing to build a story around. So then I made up that I used to be part of a German boy band called Bratwurst and made up adventures around that, those almost feel more real now 🙂
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