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    Default Greetings from the Sunny Isle of Singapore

    Hello All,

    I'm Jason from Singapore.

    There isn't much of a support for TS people in this region as awareness is low and there's a huge stigma associated with TS, mostly due to ignorance and traditional Asian beliefs.

    So, I have to rely on information through the internet and through great websites/forums like TSFC and TSA-USA.

    I'm 34 now and was diagnosed with TS when I was 12. I've been on Haloperidol since then, but have reduced my dosage to less than 10% of when I started. My older brother has TS as well.

    While it was a challenge growing up with TS, I feel that I've matured much more and have a more positive outlook on life and people around me because of it.

    I've learnt to accept people as they are, with or without disabilities, different races, different religions, different idealogies.

    Currently I run my own business. I deal in Printing Management & Logistics.

    A topic I read in this forum asked this question, how would you finish this sentence... "I would be more productive at work if..."

    I would say, "I would be more productive at work if, I could take time off to chill out during work hours, when I need it, and not have my employers make me feel guilty for wasting company's time."

    I've been sales all my working life and it gets very stressful meeting quotas and deadlines, dealing with people on a daily basis.

    As most of us know, stress and TS don't go well together.

    Unfortunately, many employers in my industry don't quite show any empathy, and dismiss everything as an excuse for lack of productivity.

    That's why, I had decided that I need to work for myself. So, I did.

    My brother despite having TS and OCD, runs a successful Wakeboarding company in Malaysia. He's gone from working in a hotel, to becoming a diver, to selling outboard boat engines & parts, a boat mechanic, a qualified yachtmaster, Singapore's national waterskiing & wakeboarding coach, to what he does today.

    I have TS and ADHD and found school really boring and made up heaps of stuff to keep myself entertained. Surprisingly, I did reasonably well in school and went on to university in Australia, where I got a Degree in Business majoring in Advertising & Marketing Communications.

    I still hate studying though.

    Recently I came across a support group in Singapore made up of mostly parents with kids with TS.

    Our aim as a group for now is to create much more awareness about TS/TS+ in Singapore and Malaysia. To educate the public about "the world's most common unknown disorder".

    As I mentioned earlier, traditional Asian beliefs might be a factor that has prevented TS from being diagnosed in kids much earlier and many such kids struggle on in life without knowing that they have TS. Some think TS is epilepsy, bad habits or even spirit possession.

    I'm glad that TSFC has Chinese translated material about TS. This will prove to be of much help especially to Chinese speaking parents of TS kids, since these parents tend to be more traditional in their thinking and seldom have sufficient internet skills to conduct their own research.

    I think I've written too much. I can be a bit lengthy at times.

    That's a bit about me and what's happening on the other side of the world.

    Cheers!

    Jason Chong

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    Default Greetings from the Sunny Isle of Singapore

    Hello Jason and welcome to the TSFC Forum.

    Please do not be concerned about "writing too much" in your conversations here as we are pleased to learn about you and to share experiences.

    Feel right at home with us and we will be happy to provide you with whatever information, tools and insights in your work to establish support for Tourette in Singapore.

    We will be eager to learn from you as well, in gaining a better understanding of how the Asian culture views Tourette and other disorders. This will help us in providing support for the our friends who share your culture.

    Please continue to maintain a dialogue with us, as I look forward to your participation in our Forum

    Regards,

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    Default Greetings from the Sunny Isle of Singapore

    Hi Jason and welcome.

    We love stories with lots of detail... keeps those of us with ADHD intrigued and motivated to continue reading :P

    You will find many great people online here who are ready to share their strategies and stories too. Like Steve, I look forward to how things may vary across the ocean in how people view TS.

    Looking forward to your continued participation.
    Janet, mom of 4

    TSFC Homepage


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    Default Greetings from the Sunny Isle of Singapore

    Welcome Jason!

    I am glad you found the TSFC forum and hope you are able to spend more time here posting and responding.

    I appreciate the information you provided about your life and experiences and am glad you found some of the TSFC material helpful to offer to others.

    Often even in rural areas of Canada, chapters are not available for people to meet and discuss their concerns. Local chapters pop up everywhere they seem to be needed by individuals like you trying to help each other.

    Although what you experienced as a child growing up may seem localized, the fact is even in other countries TS or TS+ are not easy to diagnose due to lack of specialists focused on TS or TS+.

    Again, I am glad you found us and I look forward to hearing more about the local support group being developed.
    PJK

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    Default Re: Greetings from the Sunny Isle of Singapore

    Hi Jason..

    hope you still here..
    My Names Arifin Tan, lived in Surabaya.. about 2 hour flight to Singapore.
    Can you inform me the doctor that you usually seeing ?

    Here, I've been looking all over but seems this TS is really rare in here.

    Sean, my oldest son almost 12 years now.
    Showing tics since 7 years old.
    Keep on changing motion tics but the last 2 year, stay on head/neck jerking only. Voice tics is rapidly in the begining year but off for long time. Quite often again this 2 months.
    Motion tics is on and off with 2 - 3 months interval. But now is the longest one and still, it stay about 5 months already.
    We try with many doctor and psycolog but seems they were keep on trying.

    Having ADHD disorder with some physical aggresion also. Especially when there are contact with his peers. very impulsive.

    Thanks for reading this, and i was hoping you can gave me your doctor contact.


    Quote Originally Posted by bizzi View Post
    Hello All,

    I'm Jason from Singapore.

    There isn't much of a support for TS people in this region as awareness is low and there's a huge stigma associated with TS, mostly due to ignorance and traditional Asian beliefs.

    So, I have to rely on information through the internet and through great websites/forums like TSFC and TSA-USA.

    I'm 34 now and was diagnosed with TS when I was 12. I've been on Haloperidol since then, but have reduced my dosage to less than 10% of when I started. My older brother has TS as well.

    While it was a challenge growing up with TS, I feel that I've matured much more and have a more positive outlook on life and people around me because of it.

    I've learnt to accept people as they are, with or without disabilities, different races, different religions, different idealogies.

    Currently I run my own business. I deal in Printing Management & Logistics.

    A topic I read in this forum asked this question, how would you finish this sentence... "I would be more productive at work if..."

    I would say, "I would be more productive at work if, I could take time off to chill out during work hours, when I need it, and not have my employers make me feel guilty for wasting company's time."

    I've been sales all my working life and it gets very stressful meeting quotas and deadlines, dealing with people on a daily basis.

    As most of us know, stress and TS don't go well together.

    Unfortunately, many employers in my industry don't quite show any empathy, and dismiss everything as an excuse for lack of productivity.

    That's why, I had decided that I need to work for myself. So, I did.

    My brother despite having TS and OCD, runs a successful Wakeboarding company in Malaysia. He's gone from working in a hotel, to becoming a diver, to selling outboard boat engines & parts, a boat mechanic, a qualified yachtmaster, Singapore's national waterskiing & wakeboarding coach, to what he does today.

    I have TS and ADHD and found school really boring and made up heaps of stuff to keep myself entertained. Surprisingly, I did reasonably well in school and went on to university in Australia, where I got a Degree in Business majoring in Advertising & Marketing Communications.

    I still hate studying though.

    Recently I came across a support group in Singapore made up of mostly parents with kids with TS.

    Our aim as a group for now is to create much more awareness about TS/TS+ in Singapore and Malaysia. To educate the public about "the world's most common unknown disorder".

    As I mentioned earlier, traditional Asian beliefs might be a factor that has prevented TS from being diagnosed in kids much earlier and many such kids struggle on in life without knowing that they have TS. Some think TS is epilepsy, bad habits or even spirit possession.

    I'm glad that TSFC has Chinese translated material about TS. This will prove to be of much help especially to Chinese speaking parents of TS kids, since these parents tend to be more traditional in their thinking and seldom have sufficient internet skills to conduct their own research.

    I think I've written too much. I can be a bit lengthy at times.

    That's a bit about me and what's happening on the other side of the world.

    Cheers!

    Jason Chong

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    Default Re: Greetings from the Sunny Isle of Singapore

    Welcome Arifin!

    I hope we can be of some support to you. There is a lot of information on the forum that can easily be accessed through the search function.


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