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      Studies have shown that the patient's adjustment can  be deeply impacted by mild impairments in functions such as short-term memory.  The extra effort, vigilance, and concentration needed to compensate for such mild deficits result in an enormous fatiguing effect.  Such an effort produces a continuous drain on energy levels and results in chronic fatigue. Intellectual functions such as short-term memory tend to deteriorate as fatigue increases.  Such practices  give rise to a vicious cycle that to leads feelings of inadequacy, discouragement, irritability and depression.

  -- Source --   Neuropsychological Assessment, 2nd  Ed., 1983,  by Muriel D. Lezak 

     Myths about memory.  One of the most common myths about memory is that people lose information about themselver and their personal history. That is things that are thought to reside in long term memory

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Memory Strategies
      Action Plan 
1. Develop a routine and  stick to it. 
Advance planning can help reduce the risk of forgetting.
2. Create a place for everything and store everything in its place.  
3. Get Organized  
4. Utilize a Tote Bag or back pack. Plan ahead place things in the
tote bag of Back pack that you will need for the day's activities.
5. Use a to do list.  
6. Use a Journal to keep track of important plans, impressions, 
ideas, appointments.
7. Use a planing calendar  
8. Use a system of reminders.  
9. Use cross references.  
10. Use highlighters, margin notes and tabs.  
11. Use repetition.  
12. Make notes and use tabs.  
13. Focus on one thing at a time.  
14. Understand that your sense of knowing might have become 
impaired by your head injury -- Learn to  trust your instincts 
15. Live in the moment  
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