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guy1985
03-04-06, 10:39 PM
Hi guys,
I am from Singapore

Lucid
03-05-06, 07:53 AM
Hi guys,
I am from Singapore

Hi Guy -

I just moved to Singapore from USA. Looking for resources, groups, advice on meds etc.

guy1985
03-09-06, 07:22 AM
do u have msn?
do u know if singapore allows usage of adderall/ritelin?

Lucid
03-09-06, 10:24 AM
My doc tells me Concerta and Ritalin are easy to get - I'm getting my first scrip this weekend.

You can get Adderall, but it takes a special import permit. Doc says it takes three months and is a hassle, but it can be done.

Ichpuchtli
01-22-07, 08:32 PM
Through all the research I can only conclude that they only reconise it is Children and hope to help them by the time they are adults. I will email some people to see if I end up with an answer.


http://www.adders.org/singaporemap.htm

This claims it is a support Group.

From what I understand so far by reading Singapores medical Journals long sretching article which I kinda skimmed :D they do reconise it in Childern I am still searching for adult mention in here.

http://www.sma.org.sg/smj/4408/4408a1.pdf

http://www.sma.org.sg/cmep/practice/PRB3/PRB3.html (Holds info lists on what is reconised over there I am pretty sure at least.
314.01 Attention deficit, w/ hyperactivity
314.00 Attention deficit, w/o hyperactivity

Joss
05-01-08, 01:42 AM
Hi
Im looking for Adult ADD sufferers in Singapore who are willing to talk to me about the problem. I am one and i feel that there really is not enough recognition for adult sufferers here. When i try to talk about it, some listeners eyes just glaze over while others give me an inredulous look.

I want to write some articles about it to raise the awareness here and the only way i can do that is by talking to as many other adults as i can to hear their stories.

Please write to me via this board with your email adds and i will get in touch with you straightaway.

Many thanks.

hope67
05-13-08, 04:19 AM
hello all, i've been just diagnosed with adhd (hyperactive type) 2 months ago. totally agree that there is a lack of awareness of adult adhders in singapore. mine is a case of genetics and i also have depression...but after knowing that i have adhd, it is a relief cos now i know why i act/think/behave in a certain way!

just for laugh- was at borders today, and the sales staff was very helpful in assisting find a dvd. she sais she will go and call the other outlet to check. i said ok, and that i'll go look for a book. lo and behold....i was away for 30 mins....completely forgotten about that poor girl...until i walked by her and it jolted my memory!!!!! i had to laugh at myself.

let's stay in touch!

Joss
05-13-08, 06:15 AM
Hope, can you pls write me via the message area and give me your email add. Would like to chat with you about your Adhd experiences here...

many thanks

hope67
05-13-08, 10:06 AM
hi, i've emailed you! :o

cutecolt
08-19-08, 04:41 AM
Hi,

I am also from Singapore and looking for someone who has undergone treatment for ADD and to discuss further on ADD support/treatment

Thanks,
Kuppusamy.V.,
H.P: 97862697

izzy
08-23-08, 05:09 AM
I am from Singapore who has an american partner who is planning to take disability. Right now she is only working 2days a week. (4hrs each) As for me, the more I research on ADD, the more I began to realise that I might be suffering from it. I am aware that I am suffering from depression (which has been for decades), just that I didn't seek any professional help as I don't know whether that will be good. It has been hard for me and I am just thankful that I am alive right now. But for what? How do I know for certain that I am suffering from ADD and not just mega depression. It is killing me, I can't even hold a proper job and I wish there'll be more support for such condition.

DesperateAdder
09-11-08, 05:52 AM
Why Is It That Psychiatrists In Singapore Don't Recognize The Existence Of Add-inattentive, Only Adhd? And Why Is It That Even If They Do Recognize It, They Don't Know What Constitutes The Symptoms Of Add-inattentive? Why Is There No Awareness At All? If Anyone Knows Of Anything About Treatment Of Add-inattentive In Singapore Please Contact Me. Thanks Very Much!!!!!! Frustrated, Desperate And Angry! :(

teejrus
10-31-08, 02:52 AM
Hi there Good People, I am a Singaporean, N I believe I am a Mild ADHD. I am here looking out for other people with the same. or feel they want to share. I'd love to hear from Yous.

FAITHTOW
11-09-08, 02:50 AM
Hihi, Im a singaporean! I have adhd. im 23 yrs old this yr. hmm..would want to know about ADHD....anyone care to dicuss?

neuron
04-19-09, 04:23 AM
Is dexedrine available in singapore?

Arwen
05-02-09, 05:16 AM
Why Is It That Psychiatrists In Singapore Don't Recognize The Existence Of Add-inattentive, Only Adhd? And Why Is It That Even If They Do Recognize It, They Don't Know What Constitutes The Symptoms Of Add-inattentive? Why Is There No Awareness At All? If Anyone Knows Of Anything About Treatment Of Add-inattentive In Singapore Please Contact Me. Thanks Very Much!!!!!! Frustrated, Desperate And Angry! :(

I used to live in Singapore- studied a few years in Primary school and a few years in Secondary school there. When I was 10 (I'm 23 now) some psychiatrist the school sent me to diagnosed me with ADHD...

I don't think it's just in Singapore that this is happening- ADHD (inattentive) is just getting recognised, and not many health professionals know about it or are aware of it.

At the moment I just got (re)diagnosed after neuropsych testing and SPECT scans and just started Ritalin.

xxboredx
05-09-09, 12:44 PM
Why Is It That Psychiatrists In Singapore Don't Recognize The Existence Of Add-inattentive, Only Adhd? And Why Is It That Even If They Do Recognize It, They Don't Know What Constitutes The Symptoms Of Add-inattentive? Why Is There No Awareness At All? If Anyone Knows Of Anything About Treatment Of Add-inattentive In Singapore Please Contact Me. Thanks Very Much!!!!!! Frustrated, Desperate And Angry! :(


Btw, the term ADHD includes both the inattentive, hyperactive and combined type.

Not sure if that's the case, but from the various books and website that I have flip through, other than Child Psychiatrists, other psychiatrists are not really trained or have the required knowledge to deal with ADHD.

This is mostly due to the fact that ADHD is thought to have existed only in children for quite some time in the medical society. In other words, the best psychiatrists to look for regarding ADHD is a child psychiatrist (they deal with adults as well) or one that have good knowledge in ADHD.


Personally I was diagnosed with ADHD about 2 months ago by my psychiatrist whom have ADHD as well.
But I am looking for a double opinion from another psychiatrist, is there anyone that have a good recomendation?

xxCokexx
06-11-09, 04:33 AM
Hi I am from Singapore, and strongly believe I have adult ADD.

I have trouble really listening to a conversation as my mind tends to wander. I only catch about half of what is said and I am easily distracted by almost eveything. I have problem organising my things and finishing tasks. I am in accounting (bad job for a person with ADD?) and it takes a lot of effort for me to complete my assignments. Recently, my boss has been very unhappy with me as I just cannot finish my projects on time, and some not at all. It seems to have gotten worse with age.

I tried seeing a psychiatrist at Mt Elizabeth but he insisted that it was because of depression and tried all sorts of medication (prozac etc) but of course, it didn't work. If anything, I would be depressed because of my inattention problem and not the other way around.

Can someone recommend a qualified psychologist/psychiatrist who has experience in dealing with adult ADD. I think it's almost critical here as my job is on the line.

Thanks.

dianayeu
08-27-09, 12:59 PM
Hi,

I am also a sufferer of such a disorder without the depression symptoms. I am 23 years old its hard for me to concentrate on any job and even if I do, I tend to make mistakes and its been going on for quite a few jobs. Do I look for Child Psychiatrists that are specialized to help us adults? Maybe some experienced forumers could help. Thanks!

MADD_MEN
08-27-09, 11:15 PM
I'm not from Singapore, but my recommendation would be to find an ADHD specialist. Unfortunately, many in the medical community still don't believe ADHD is real. Even here in the states, my pdoc said he didn't believe ADHD really existed until he treated me. LOL :-) I guess when I tried to bungie jump in his office he realized there may something to this ADHD (just kidding).

But truth is, there still is skepticism. Find a doc that has experience with ADHD. Chances are, your GP or pdoc may not know much about it. It sucks, but that's the way it seems.

Dlte
09-14-09, 11:40 PM
Hi, just chanced upon this forum page while googling for ADHD support in Singapore for adults. I was just recently diagnosed with ADHD and just started trying out meds. Based on my current research, I have to agree that there does not seem to be much support for Adults with ADHD in Singapore (there is support for parents with children with ADHD in Singapore though). How has everyone else been coping though?
Personally, I don't know if it is a relief to be diagnosed with ADHD. I went on a retreat a year and a half ago. It was there that the psychologist suggested for me to visit their clinic after the retreat to take some tests as he felt that I am ADHD, and would like to confirm. I sat on my *** for a year after considering what he said and eventually in June 2009 decided to go ahead to see him. After I was given the results, it took me about 3 months to decide that I should try meds. So currently on a 14-day trial with Concerta 36mg.

hank12tc
09-21-09, 06:24 PM
I have ADD (without the hyperactive) and am about to re-locate to Singapore from US.

Anyway, many outputs regarding ADD or ADHD as an adult here sound like having the condition is debilitating and is associated with depression, and other psychological conditions. True, some people may have those other conditions. At the same time, not all adults with ADD/ADHD are like that. Many, in fact, are leading a normal life.

I am in my early 30's and have been on ADD medicine (Adderall XR) for 2 years. I didn't believe on the existence of ADD before and was on denial obviously. But, after seeing a doctor, I am managing this condition and my life couldn't be any better.

I am working on my Doctorate degree in Genetics and am always working on life skills so that I won't be dependent on ADD medicines in the future.

The medicines help! I am not discouraging people from medicines when needed. But, anyone with ADD/ADHD must also work on their academic/career/personal skills so that these conditions can be managed and won't dysfunction life.

I always try to see things positively (yes, it's hard), take tons of notes so I don't forget, use sticky notes, always carry small agenda + pen wherever I go.

Hope my input can help those who experience what I have.

mengli09
10-20-09, 12:46 AM
Hi, this is Lydia.

I am currently studying in US and was diagnosed with ADHD one year ago at school, and I am a combined type.

I just took a job offer from Singapore and plan to work there after graduation. Would you give me some sources that would help me to find a psychiatrist in Singapore? Or if possible, refer me to your psychiatrist?
Thanks!

Oldwinger
02-01-10, 03:13 PM
Hi, All.

I have ADD and would very much like to meet up with others here in S'pore who would like to discuss their ADD/ADHD experiences, treatments and coping skills. I am an American male, married to a native S'porean, and have been living here for ~ 2 yrs. I look forward to hearing from some of you. Many thanks.
Thomas

naninni
03-24-10, 09:32 AM
Hi Guys..

I am very happy today...before going into why, let me introduce myself.

From childhood i was just like normal kids( atleast thats what i thought then). i completed my diploma and then i could not get into engineering coz the mathematics formulas were too much for me to remember(still i thought that i am just normal like many other youngsters who are not good at studies) . Then i discontinued my education and moved to city with different education plans and career.

this is when i started observing the differences between me and others. Others can remember things so easily and i cant remember a thing. Example: when we friends come back from a movie my friends used to discuss the dialogues and scenes in that movie, but for me only a vague idea of the scene is in my mind but not the dialogues etc.

I observed these kind of differences for atleast 2 years before coming to the conclusion that i am not normal.

I didnt discuss this with my parents nor i searched on internet, as Google and internet were Infants by then.

I decided to go for Mediation to control my Mind. But this was of little help because even if i sit in Meditation ny mind used to wander.

Years went on, my career was going nowher, but i was extremely Lucky that after few years, when i got a job it was a dream job. i grew from level 1 to level 2, 3 in just 18 months and my next job is in Singapore.

After coming to SGP i continued with meditation now and then and dragging always thinking whats wrong with me, how i can get out of it, am i a the only person in the world suffering from this.

Today i downloaded a BBC programe called pill poppers. in that while discussing about Retalin, they mentioned about a kid with ADHD. I am not hyperactive, so i Ignored about ADHD and googled Retalin, thinking that it can help me stay active at work.

I was googling about retalin it led me to ADHD again and i read the symptoms and i was stunned!! This is what i am going thru.

I did little more research and found that what i am going thru is ADD PI not ADHD.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADHD_predominantly_inattentive

I googled for ADD support in SGP and here I am .

WHEN I READ XXCOKEXX POST, I COULD NOT BELEIVE. ITS EXACTLY WHAT I GO THRU EVERYDAY.

Now you all know why i am happy.

Little busy today. We will catch up tomorrow.
i want all of us to come together and help each other.

There will be lot of mistakes in my post(you all know why).


Bye for now!!

naninni
03-24-10, 09:49 AM
I was so inattentive...just when trying to log off noticed that this is a dedicated forum for ADD.

windsoul
04-05-10, 03:35 PM
I'm from Singapore

naninni
04-12-10, 08:22 AM
I'm from Singapore

Welcome!!:)

windsoul
04-12-10, 09:43 AM
Welcome!!:)
Thanks, it's super quiet in here. If there were more, we could have discussions and the like.

naninni
06-10-10, 02:43 PM
Anyone PM me your Docs details...

When i visited my doc for the first time, he gave me 18MG & 36MG concerta and asked me to start with 18mg for fist week and gradually increase. I went to him for the 54mg refill and he said they dont have 54mg as most of their patients are kids who dont need that high dosage and they dont have plans for ordering them..

I ended up paying around 350$ including GST and 40$ for prescription fee or something..

Please PM me your docs details and first time consultation fee..

LoveAdderall
11-17-10, 07:39 AM
I have ADD (without the hyperactive) and am about to re-locate to Singapore from US.

Anyway, many outputs regarding ADD or ADHD as an adult here sound like having the condition is debilitating and is associated with depression, and other psychological conditions. True, some people may have those other conditions. At the same time, not all adults with ADD/ADHD are like that. Many, in fact, are leading a normal life.

I am in my early 30's and have been on ADD medicine (Adderall XR) for 2 years. I didn't believe on the existence of ADD before and was on denial obviously. But, after seeing a doctor, I am managing this condition and my life couldn't be any better.

I am working on my Doctorate degree in Genetics and am always working on life skills so that I won't be dependent on ADD medicines in the future.

The medicines help! I am not discouraging people from medicines when needed. But, anyone with ADD/ADHD must also work on their academic/career/personal skills so that these conditions can be managed and won't dysfunction life.


Academic/social skills are problems people with ADD and ADHD have. It is not a matter of being irresponsible or inconsiderate. That is often a confusion others have about the disease. It is not impossible to manage your life and be normal but varying degrees of those disorders can be a great hindrance, almost debilitating without treatment. Depression is common in those that are not treated. In fact, an official diagnosis will allow you extra time, private test space, etc in American universities as it is considered a learning disability.

Try completing your doctorate degree w/o medication and see how it goes.

Lucid
11-21-10, 11:29 AM
I have ADD (without the hyperactive) and am about to re-locate to Singapore from US.

Anyway, many outputs regarding ADD or ADHD as an adult here sound like having the condition is debilitating and is associated with depression, and other psychological conditions. True, some people may have those other conditions. At the same time, not all adults with ADD/ADHD are like that. Many, in fact, are leading a normal life.

I am in my early 30's and have been on ADD medicine (Adderall XR) for 2 years. I didn't believe on the existence of ADD before and was on denial obviously. But, after seeing a doctor, I am managing this condition and my life couldn't be any better.

I am working on my Doctorate degree in Genetics and am always working on life skills so that I won't be dependent on ADD medicines in the future.

The medicines help! I am not discouraging people from medicines when needed. But, anyone with ADD/ADHD must also work on their academic/career/personal skills so that these conditions can be managed and won't dysfunction life.

I always try to see things positively (yes, it's hard), take tons of notes so I don't forget, use sticky notes, always carry small agenda + pen wherever I go.

Hope my input can help those who experience what I have.


Hank:

You will love living in Singapore! However, Adderall is not available here - I wish it were - only can get Methylphenidate meds.

canadaboy
07-13-11, 12:02 PM
Did you find a psychiatrist in treating adult ADHD you could recommend?

canadaboy
07-13-11, 12:05 PM
I am a Canadian living and working in Singapore. I have always thought for years that I have ADHD (and many of my friends have told me over the years that I do as well!). I primarily suffer from inattention but I do have extreme feelings of restlessness constantly.

I am just sick of being frustrated with myself constantly and would love to just finally sort this all out.

Does anyone have any recommendations for any doctors that have experience in diagnosing and treating adults with ADHD?

Thanks. I appreciate it.

canadaboy
07-13-11, 12:09 PM
I am living in Singapore and I have been suffering with symptoms of ADHD for as far as I can remember. I am looking for a doctor in Singapore who is able to diagnose and treat adult ADHD. Do you have any recommendations? I really just want to sort this all out for myself. Thank you. I appreciate it.

canadaboy
09-15-11, 11:03 AM
Welll....

Was diagnosed recently with ADHD...been trying out ritalin but the side effects are killer for me.

I'm interested in trying to import adderall here in Singapore. Has anyone managed to do it?

SuzySue
11-20-11, 04:31 AM
I am living in Singapore and I have been suffering with symptoms of ADHD for as far as I can remember. I am looking for a doctor in Singapore who is able to diagnose and treat adult ADHD. Do you have any recommendations? I really just want to sort this all out for myself. Thank you. I appreciate it.


Hi canadaboy,

I'm not sure if you've found a doctor yet, but I'm in the midst of searching for a new psychiatrist to work with my husband (we are relocating from the US to SG). I chanced upon a doctor in SG while surfing. You may wish to call them to find out more:

The Psychological Wellness Centre
290 Orchard Road #18-03 Paragon
Singapore 238859
Tel. 6733 7488 Fax. 6235 6846
www.psychwellnesscentre.com (http://www.psychwellnesscentre.com/)

Another user by the name of doughboy also posted details of his doctors:

My Psychologist details are as follows
Kain Goh
Center for Psychology
http://www.center4psy.com/


The psychiatrist that I was referred to after the diagnosis details as follows.

Dr. Clarice Hong
Raffles Hospital Counseling center
24 Hr hotline: +65 6311 1222
Tel No: +65 6311 2330

Hope it's of help to u! :)

doughboy
12-13-11, 10:03 PM
Hi all,

Just wanted to check in to see how you all are doing in your search for the Adult ADD specialists.

I want to also recomend this book that I am currently reading
"You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! A Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder" By Kate kelly and Peggy Ramundo.

Its been a great help for me and I think will be for those who want to understand it more. Written by people who have it as well, its presented in a very reading friendly way.

The Japanese Bookstore Kinokuniya in Ngee Ann City is supposed to have it but I would call ahead first to check.

mahos551
04-15-12, 11:06 AM
Hey , Guys im a student studying in Singapore, i am an international student and i am almost 100% sure that i suffer from ADD , its painful living with this and it really gets me depressed , no matter how hard i try i cannot sit down and just get to doing my work , i cant stay and sit in one place for too long , my friends say im annoying to watch cause im always moving around , i often tend to drift off during conversations and start thinking of other things in my head , ive been known to switch topics a multitude of times during one simple conversation , is there any way i can visit a doctor here and get diagnosed , secondly is it available for me to take treatment or medication since i am 19 years old and im not a singaporean or a PR , i am simply a student studying here from aboard and i am on a Student pass

opalescence
09-25-12, 12:11 PM
I am a Singaporean adult student, and I cannot seem to find any financial support for treatment of adult ADHD.
The problem is that ADHD (inattentive spectrum) seems to be only recognised in children. As a child, I have exhibited ADHD symptoms, but I did not get diagnosed because I coped well with primary, secondary and polytechnic education. Without a prior diagnosis, will I be eligible for ADHD treatment?

As I am not employed, I am not eligible for subsidised medical care, which means that I cannot afford the costs of therapy and medications. Without treatment, I am finding it very hard to cope with university.

Do any of you know about any form of financial support for adult ADHD treatment in Singapore?

opalescence
09-25-12, 12:19 PM
...its painful living with this and it really gets me depressed , no matter how hard i try i cannot sit down and just get to doing my work , i cant stay and sit in one place for too long , my friends say im annoying to watch cause im always moving around , i often tend to drift off during conversations and start thinking of other things in my head , ive been known to switch topics a multitude of times during one simple conversation , is there any way i can visit a doctor here and get diagnosed , secondly is it available for me to take treatment or medication since i am 19 years old and im not a singaporean or a PR , i am simply a student studying here from aboard and i am on a Student pass

I'm Singaporean, and about the same age as you (adult student as well). It's a really difficult time for us with ADHD because we need the most focus at this time.
Unfortunately, adult ADHD is not well-known in Singapore. Even though I am a Singapore citizen, I am not eligible for financial help because I am unemployed.
I am sorry, I don't know the answers to any of your questions, as I am asking the same questions as well. Just want to share with you.

windsoul
02-01-16, 02:20 PM
still post here?