Problem with Remembering Routes
by Confused guy
My problem may sound very uncommon to you...I'm a 23 yr old male..I am having difficulty in remembering the routes and places...yes! sounds weird I know...even if I go to a place 100 times, I cannot remember the routes...I donno why...
I want to remember routes..I try hard but i forget. I have a fantastic memory I am good at studies but still I don't understand why I forget routes and why is it so difficult?
Please help me. It's embarrassing when someone asks me of some place and despite being in the city for almost 20 years... I can hardly remember routes to any places. how can I overcome this problem? what's wrong with me? do I need to consult a doctor? take medicines? Is there any scientific explanation for this kind of personal disorder? plzzzz help me
no jokes plz... thnx.
Doug's Reply. First of all, you are not alone. Many other people have this exact problem.
You might want to ask your physician to test you for adult ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or other learning disabilities.
Does the following sound familiar?
"Anyone else have trouble remembering how to get places? I can ride somewhere in the car several times with someone, but when I have to drive myself, I can't figure out how to get there for anything. I figure it's because I don't pay attention well if I don't have to drive. But even when I drive myself, if directions are hard I'll have to use written directions over and over."
According to Arlyn Roffman, Ph.D., not being able to remember directions or routes is a common side-effect of ADHD and other learning disabilities:
"People with learning disabilities (LD) and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) often have difficulty getting from one location to another. They frequently lose their way, have trouble using public transportation, and struggle with driving-related issues. Contributing factors may include poor time management, problems with spatial and visual perception, and difficulties with eye-hand coordination."
What you are experiencing may just be the way your brain is wired, or you might have an undiagnosed attention-related condition. If the symptoms are severe enough to cause problems in your day-to-day life, you might want to have your doctor check it out.
Best of luck,
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