Woman sees improved focus and time management skills

Age: 47
Gender: Female
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Background: This woman was diagnosed with a learning disability and ADHD back when she was a child and has been struggling with these problems her whole life. She had a lot of difficulty with many aspects of her memory and struggled with anxiety and depression. She also suffered socially, having trouble remembering things that people said in conversations; because she could not keep track of her train of thought, she would often interrupt in people when they were speaking. She said it was hard for her to organize herself and that she was distracted by her own thoughts and other things around her. She eventually sought help from a local psychologist, and decided to do Cogmed training. She was frustrated at the beginning of the training program, “beating herself up for making mistakes”, but then, with the help of her coach, she changed her mind set and was able to accept Cogmed as a constructive challenge.

Key challenges:

  • Diagnosed with a learning disability and ADHD
  • Suffered from memory problems
  • Struggled with anxiety and depression
  • Could not remember things that people said
  • Had trouble keeping track of her train of thought
  • Would interrupt people in conversations
  • It was hard for her to organize herself

Training outcomes:

  • Feels more focused
  • Can think things though instead of acting impulsively
  • Feels calmer
  • Speaks more slowly than she did before
  • Saw improvement in time management skills
  • During conversations she wasn’t interrupting as much
  • Can focus and listen better than before
*Photos above are not of the actual users whose experience we describe – we understand that poor working memory
is often a hidden weakness that impacts people in a very personal way.
Out of respect for their privacy, we have kept the identities of these people anonymous.