Real Talk: How My Memory Improved Despite Having Asperger’s Syndrome

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Getting diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome after years of wondering why therapy does not seem to help improve my mental state has made me feel more relieved than sad. At last, someone has been able to put a name on my issues. I no longer need to go on with my life without understanding what I need to deal with.

As a high-functioning form of autism, Asperger’s has honestly not hindered me from following my dreams. I managed to enter a prestigious university and get on an academic program that I wanted without a hassle. Despite that, remembering things has proven to be an issue at some point, primarily during the exam period. After trying a few things that my therapist and friends recommended to me, the following helped me immensely.

Playing Board Games

No one is ever too old for board games. Twister, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, and RISK — they are accessible to all ages because they can be played anytime by two or more players. Thus, you, your friends, and your family members can have a nice mini battle among yourselves.

Another perk of playing board games is that you do not need to use any electronic gadget to be able to make use of them. It means to say that you will be less exposed to radiation and stress because, if you are not aware of it yet, computers do contribute significantly to your anxiety. I think by now you know how bad it can be for your memory, yes? I have a grandfather who is 90 years old at the moment, and yet he still plays Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly with his grandchildren. In my opinion, he is the living proof that old age is not the main reason why there are people who suffer from memory decline.

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Play Warcraft Games

Although it may appear as quite contradictory to what I have just said above, and I am not sure either if there are already studies about this one, I cannot pass the opportunity to say that maybe, just maybe, the kind of hype that the players get from Warcraft games are being transferred to their academic and salaried abilities. Hence, they excel in their expertise more than others. Of course, I have met a lot of people already, and almost all of the brainiacs that I know of are the ones who spend more time killing each other’s avatars and less in reviewing their lessons. Still, they emerge at the top of the class or work.

I am not a player of any online game, but I got curious about it one day and asked them what they get from playing such things. They said the same thing: “We can focus more on studies and jobs when we play.” Furthermore, I guess it is the intensity of the game that draws them into it, and so they can discharge all of their stress by intensely clicking the mouse and the keypads. As I said, I don’t think my theory is proven already, but there can be no harm in trying. Who knows, maybe this is going to be the answer as well for your memory problem.

Read More

Reading books, articles, and novels of diverse genres are what I believe as the reason why I only have minor hitches with my memory these days. They have never failed to make me visualize and gather exciting ideas and look forward to more. Besides, according to Dr. Ian Stuart-Hamilton, “…people with ASD have problems with language and communication, full stop. If someone does not use much language then by definition they are also unlikely to be exposed to as much language and so they lack the practice in communicating that would expose them to colloquialisms.” I am pretty sure that not most people appreciate reading, but it is worth to give it a try. To toughen your memory and understand people’s words more, of course.

 

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Relate Eclectic Things To Each Other

Relating general things to each other is the type of activity that will be able to show a person’s strong mental ability. Just like multitasking, after all, it cannot be done for everyone. As Dr. Lois Holzman said, “Researchers who can see patterns and go into meticulous detail without losing focus—traits of Asperger’s—tend to have successful careers in publish-or-perish environments. Those who are anxious are often incapable of leaving matters unfinished or hanging, leading to a disposition to finish tasks promptly and dependably.” This does not need much explanation, but if it does, let me set one of my professors’ usual manners of teaching as an example.

Mr. Rodriguez teaches Organic Chemistry. One day, he explained the free radical substitution of methane and chlorine by saying that one of the chlorine atoms will elope with its boyfriend methane. Because of that, there will be another free and sad chlorine atom, which is ready for the taking by anyone. Do you see how unrelated chemistry and elopement are to each other, and yet the analogy still seems to be correct? Your brain will always have great exercise when you try to connect two or more diverse things all the time.

Final Thoughts

Strengthening your memory can seem tricky, especially if you have a neurological condition like Asperger’s or another form of autism that alters your brain function. However, that is not something you can get rid of easily since you have practically been born with it. The only thing you can do is try the tips given above to reduce memory fluctuations somehow. That or “having an updated evaluation, with specific outlines of strengths and limitations can help communicate needs to an HR department or manager,” according to Dr. Rachel Oppenheimer.

Good luck!

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