Calls come in saying ‘How is it that I am having difficulty doing simple things I have done all my life?’ One said ‘It has taken me two hours to fit a plug onto a kettle’. Many women have said that they could not understand the simplest recipe or knitting pattern.

There is some confusion between memory lapses and loss of concentration. Many people have said that they make appointments and then forget them. It may be that because of lack of concentration at the time, they have failed to take in the information rather than subsequently forgetting it. Concentration does improve as withdrawal progresses. Life can be very boring when you cannot concentrate on reading or watching television. Large print books (helpful if you have sore eyes) are available from most libraries. You may need to choose ‘light’ reading material for a while. Some people stimulate concentration by doing simple crossword puzzles.


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