Leaders: Mark Taylor
Session Duration: 60 minutes
Session Day: Thursdays
Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, January 6, 13, 20 & 27, February 3, 10, 17, & 24, March 3, 10, 17 24, & 31, April 7, 14, 21, &28, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, Aug 4, 11, 18 & 25, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, Oct 6, 13, 20 & 27, Nov 3, 10 17 (no meeting 24), Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
- 1pm (EDT) Eastern Daylight Time/ 12pm (CDT) Central Daylight Time/ 11am (MDT) Mountain Daylight Time /10am (PDT) Pacific Daylight Time
- 6pm (BST) Edinburgh, London British Summer Time/ (CET) Algiers, Casablanca, Rabat, Tunis Central European Time/ (WEST) Lisbon Western European Summer Time/(IST) Dublin Irish Standard Time/ (WAT) West Africa Time
- 7pm (CEST) Berlin, Budapest, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, Oslo, Vienna, Warsaw Central European Summer Time / (CAT) Central Africa Time/ (EET) Eastern European Time/ (IST) Israel Standard Time
- 8pm (EEST) Athens, Minsk, Riga Eastern European Summer Time/ (AST) Arabia Standard Time/ (EAT) Eastern Africa Time/ (MSK) Moscow Standard Time/ (TRT) Turkey Time
- 9pm (GST) Dubai, Abu Dhabi Gulf Standard Time
- 10pm (IST) Mumbai, New Dehli, Sri Lanka India Standard Time
ADDA’s International ADHD Peer Support was built on the foundation of understanding. We understand the frustration that comes from others being incapable of understanding why you got side tracked, or why you are late, or why you are unorganized.
The group is here to provide support in a safe, non-judgmental environment, where everyone will be able to listen to your problems and most importantly; relate to them.
Our mission is to offer trust-worthy information and community to adults with ADHD around the world.
ADHD affects people of all races and all cultures in all countries around the world. ADHD does not recognize borders. Well, neither will ADDA. We offer virtual peer support to adults with ADHD wherever they may be.
This is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery with peers. Participants are encouraged to share their experience, strength and hope.
This group is open to all ADDA members we especially invite those who are living in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you. Do you have trouble with procrastination? Losing your keys? Forgetting? So do we.
We are here to listen to your troubles and provide support. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
We will be using ZOOM for this meeting, accessible by laptop, tablet, smartphone, and landline. By using ZOOM we can avoid phone charges if you use your computer or the smartphone APP.
Group Leader Information
Mark Taylor – BIO
My name is Mark, and I can say that the last 4 years have been a journey unparalleled in my lifetime. In the latter half of 2017 annoyed at the lack of satisfactory treatment for my severe depression, I went to a men’s health clinic. After a two-hour consult, I had an action plan. Rule out a sleeping disorder as these can disrupt your moods the Doctor said. I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Next on the list was a trip to a psychiatrist to primarily review my medication and see if a revision was required. After an hour-long session, MRI (I have a brain!), bloods and heart monitoring I returned for another session. Questionnaires and some fascinating questions and he looked at me, and said I’ve concluded, based on your history and the lack of anything organic in your diagnostic tests, you have type 1 bipolar disorder. We need to develop a plan, a document which covers all your care from medication up to hospitalization.
I walked away from that session feeling numb. Halfway between the clinic and the train station, I sobbed. On the train I looked at the prescription for Lithium and I sobbed. The next day I filled the script at my pharmacy and my life forever changed. I slowly began to feel a stability that I had never felt before. When I saw my psychiatrist again, he reviewed my progress favorably and he looked at me, and quietly said, ‘Mark, I think you should consider trying the practice of meditation and mindfulness’. Usually, this is where I scan the room for the nearest window to gaze out of and loose myself in. His room only had a door, at my back. My ears pricked up when he said “Then he said there is scientific evidence of the benefits. There are some pretty good apps which guide you through it, like headspace”.
Sure, enough I scoured the medical literature, and found a range of studies, whilst small, they added up to something. I downloaded headspace and began a whole new path of my life. I have learnt walking meditation which I find particularly soothing. The next year or so goes well. I am stable and can reflect on what a hypomanic and manic event is. A year and a half later and I visit my psychiatrist with a large cup of coffee. It’s a 4pm meeting and he asked me about the Coronavirus. Twenty minutes later, I finished. He leant over to me slightly and said ‘have you ever noticed how you tend to follow your interests?’ I nodded. He asked me how many cups of coffee I had that day. I stared at the roof saying this was my 8th. Two meetings later, including a discussion with mum, and I have some new letters to add to my name, ADHD. I learnt much after that. One startling thing is that people get diagnosed at 52! I think we all go through a similar process as we come to terms with a new situation to deal with. Well, I was not doing at all well. I was feeling so many feelings; baffled, upset, annoyed, irritable and moody. I decided to pull myself together and research it on the net. That’s where I found my twin saviors, Jess McCabe and ADDA! I have not looked back since. I have met the most amazing, beautiful people, all unique, all diverse, all molded by a few letters. I have even joined the meditation group, which is perfect.
I have found at times, in the quiet after mediation my mind will wander. One day I found myself reflecting on my work life. Many years in the healthcare sector, Hospital Pharmacies, Clinical Trials, quality assurance, Regulatory and Medical Affairs in the corporate sector. Through this work, I have impacted many lives for the better. All with Bipolar Type 1 and ADHD. Now I know, I must have been following my interests!
Who knows what my mind will ponder around my next quiet moment?