Learned the Answer Today to Something I’ve Been Wondering About . . .
Since shortly after I was diagnosed:
Do ADHD people have comprehensive and accurate memories of their childhood?
Some do, some only have “flashes” and some have eidetic memory (read High Definition motion-picture-quality recall).
I fall squarely in the “flashy” camp when it comes to memories of my childhood and early adulthood.
I only have flashes of most things and – with the exception of a few really strong memories of good things – my only “cinematic” memories are of traumatic events, or of things that I did/said that were particularly embarrassing to myself and those around me.
As far as I know, there hasn’t been any significant research on this facet of ADD/ADHD. This was in an ADHD forum where a bunch of ADDers were comparing notes. This particular forum appears to have gone dormant in 2012, so I will do some more searching and add notes at the end of this post when I find more information.
Some were worse off than me, only having a couple of flashes of any of their childhood, and one individual says he has vivid and cinematic memories clear back to six months of age. May be. Who am I to judge?
I know that I was fortunate to be born to good and loving parents with four older brothers who loved me like doting uncles, I grew up in a magical place among extended family, and that I had a pretty good childhood. BUT, I can barely remember any of it. And, sometimes – when I can’t remember something that I really want to remember – my ADDled brain will make stuff up. My brothers are always having to correct me on stuff that “I know I know.”
There’s nothing like not being able to trust your own mind . . .
More on the ability to recall childhood memory at ADDForums. This is the forum set that appears to have gone dormant. I’ll continue to search.