What are some things I can do to cope with cognitive, memory and concentration problems?

Writing important things down, minimizing distractions and repeating things back to people can be helpful. When trying to do schoolwork, if you find it impossible to concentrate, try postponing it for a while. Letting close family and friends know that you have cognitive problems can help. Ask them to leave notes for you and be patient if you forget things. Understand your limitations! Work with what you DO have and work gradually towards increasing your abilities. 

“I carry a little pocket book and pen with me everywhere I go to write things down… it helps a lot!” –Aimee Sintes  

“Remember that cognitive problems are a normal part of CFIDS that will vary from day to day… I work with a learning disability specialist to improve my memory and concentration skills… and I realize that I am not stupid just because I cannot remember my address sometimes.” –Kendra Spiegel  

“Keep items in a specific order… put related items together so that you can find them easily.” –Joel Durrwatcher  


“Life with CFIDS is not an extended vacation. It’s a constant battle, but one that I’m determined to win.” 

~Jenn Waterman
Birthdate: September 23, 1979
CFIDS Onset: 1991