Hi everyone, I went to see my psychiatrist the other day, and I talked to her about how I happen to forget things a lot. I wanted to know if it was from one of the medicines I’m taking. It turns out that it’s just from Tourette’s.
She explained to me that TS basically takes up a part of my brain and makes it so I can’t control it. This apparently takes up a lot of “data usage” in my brain, so I don’t have a lot of space left to remember small things such as phone numbers or adresses.
To show me my small data usage in action, she recited a phone number with a lot of patterned numbers in it. I could recite it back to her pretty easily. But when she told me a phone number that had no patterns or repeated numbers, and told me to repeat it back to her, I couldn’t.
Even though it was just a second later, I didn’t remember the number at all. Then, she told me the number in fragments and had me repeat the fragments back to her. For instance:
Her: Now the whole number.
It was a really cool exercise. It was like finding a blind spot in my brain! There was also another new aspect of TS that I learned. I can’t really focus on what I’m doing unless I have an extrasensory thing going on. I can’t do my homework very well unless I have music playing. The music occupies the part of my brain that would normally be wandering off and making me want to do other things so that I can easily do my homework.
She also said that a lot of kids with Tourette’s can be cleaning their rooms and think, “Hey, look, a game!” and go off and do something else. In my case, I may go, “Hey, look, a pencil!” and pick it up and start banging it on things and make a random song. Oh, distractions, distractions.
So now I have to take a few vitamins to enhance my memory, which is fine with me. Thank you for reading!