I’ve been looking around Taipei online and one thing that’s tough to gauge out is a therapist who can specialize in ADHD in English. I have a psychiatrist who can prescribe me medication and that has certainly been helpful, but the counseling aspect is an important supplement.
I have ADD and have learned to cope with it for almost 4 years without any help here due to a lack of options. On the one hand it’s good as I kicked a nasty adderall habit I had developed in the states. On the other hand, some counseling would probably be helpful. Let me know if you find anything useful, but I think ADD/ADHD is poorly misunderstood and often misdiagnosed here. The best I can say is at least they’re not handing stimulants to kids like candy, I guess.
Mostly seconding what other people have said on this thread. Therapy/counselling, especially for Adult ADHD, seems to be mostly non-existent here. My psychiatrist wanted to refer me to a group therapy class somewhere in Daan district, but told me that (her words) “most of my classmates would probably be young kids” lol I never went. I was eventually referred to one psychologist and went to one session. It honestly wasn’t very helpful, so I never went back. I’ve ended up learning to just develop better coping habits since options are kinda shit here
Maybe I’ll create a new topic for this, but based on the response, I’m wondering what you all thought I could do to get an ADD/HD “support” (I guess) group, or a general meetup every once in a while to do something relaxing and chat about things. I’m sure things like this exist in general, but I know for me there’s just some things people without ADHD just will never understand.
Being ADD/ADHD is difficult because it’s poorly understood even in the West (even there there’s “truthers” who think it’s a made-up thing and we’re just “lazy”). Even my own wife doesn’t really get it. She kinda gets it, but when I forget something important she sometimes says “why can’t you be less ADD?” as if it’s something I can get rid of like a cold. So there’s no one I can really discuss it with either. I’d offer a meet-up, but unfortunately I live in Kaohsiung. If you’re ever down here and want to get a coffee though, send me a PM.
Same here. I actually wasn’t sure it was a real thing when I was younger even though I have all the symptoms. I just assumed it’s because my classes are boring and I’ll grow out of it.
As an adult. I try so hard to pay attention. I notice it’s a huge problem paying attention for a long period of time taking 4 hours of intensive Italian. And even when I try to watch videos for my online courses, I have to keep scrolling back because my mind drifts a lot.
And I’m definitely not stupid. I get straight As. And have done well academically. Got an academic scholarship and all that. I just can’t stay focused because I get distracted so easily.
It’s frustrating. The only thing that ever worked was adderal and other drugs like it. But like you, I don’t want to take them anymore. The side effects suck.