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Old 02-19-18, 11:56 AM
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Hi from Germany

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my name is Jens. I am 40 years old and have been diagnosed about half a year ago. Being a doctor myself (well not excatly - I am a dentist) I suspected having adhd for quite a while. Having had some expercinence with illegal substances in the past I noticed getting calm when taking something while others got really active (obviously dependent on the dose).

I have been taking methylphenidat (product is called medikinet and contains a slow release form of methylphenidat as well as a normal one) since then which really helped especially with my temper and impulsivity (is this even an english word???). Anyway - I now read the fourth book and the more I read and know the more I realize how much ADHD (in my case a very mild hyperactive part) is holding me back. Unfortunately while I was doing more or less fine (obviously lots of trouble at school) small issues that never have been of great interest to me or the people around me I notice that these problems are getting more and more serious with time. I am very self councious even if get lots of good feedback. Regardless if it is about chatting up a woman or being in a group of people where I am the new one I find myself struggleing more and more to connect. This is 50% my fault as I get bored pretty quick and as soon as I hear things like football, cars, marvel movies etc I am gone and then on the other hand the things I like to talk about seem a bit weird to lots of people.

There is a Germany forum but as diagnosis and treatment or lets say acceptance of ADHD is way more developed than it is in Germany (most of my friends don't take this seriously and I feel ashamed when I want to talk about stuff that has to do with it fearing that people might think this is just an excuse or some topic to feel important etc.) I thought I gonna have a look in here and see what is happening on the other side of the atalantic ocean. I am really interested in seeing how other people cope with problems I have too and that I don't really have an answer for. I am visiting a coach / therapist who does know about adhd but I am just in the beginning and would need a much more intense appointmentplan than his appointmentbook allows.

It seems clear that the medication is doing positive on certain aspects but obviously can not treat things that are the result of being a bit different. So yeah opefully I will get some intersting insights into other peoples way of experiencing, living, enjoying and working with the condition.

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Hi, with regard to attitudes in Germany regarding ADD, I know a psychiatrist in the US who is a native of Germany,( and studied at The University of Cologne), who treats ADD. Her name is Dr. Cordulla Holzer and she is at 825 South 12th Street Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 USA maybe she can give you some names of professionals who might be helpful
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Thanks, that is really nice of you.

I am having a neurologist where I get the presciption and a therapist in Hamburg so I am covered

Just curious of what people in the us (i suppose the forum is us based?) are saying, thinking etc. as the condition is way more accepted than in Germany from what I think.
It hopefully gives some ideas on how to deal with certain things, get tips on good reads and just interact with other people that can relate.
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Sure, read Ratey and hallowell's 'Driven to Distraction' excellent primer written by a neurologist who discovered that he had ADD when he was in medical school studying neurology.
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