ADHD and Marriage Blog

Adult ADHD can add a good deal of complexity to your interactions.  Often there is strife, anger and poor behavior all the way around.  Learning the art of forgiveness can really help you move in a positive direction, but to wield this powerful tool you need to bust some common myths about forgiveness, and understand what a path to forgiveness looks like.

Your mindset can make all the difference when you are in a relationship with an ADHD partner.

I want to share a note from the spouse of an ADHD partner who, after discovering ADHD was a factor in his crumbling marriage, decided to try to be more open to his wife's 'way of being' and experiences.  I was moved by the shift in his attitude:

A recent article at theAtlantic.com reviews some of the research on exercise as a treatment for ADHD.  The studies mentioned were done with children, as most ADHD research is, but the evidence is strong that exercise is also an effective treatment for adult ADHD.  I encourage you to read up on this topic, as well as watch John Ratey's 2012 TED talk on the subject of how exercise helps your brain.  If you weren't inspired to get moving before, you will be now!

You've heard of Ted Talks...this month ADDA is releasing one TADD Talk a day.  These 9 minute recordings (for those with shorter attention spans!) are a terrific way to learn what's what from the top experts in ADHD.  Find out about the latest in treatment, co-existing conditions, and how to manage life with ADHD.  These TADD Talks can be found at this ADDA web page.  And, yes, my TADD Talk contribution will be released on 10/19.
 

Exercise has been proven to be great treatment for ADHD as well as for depression.  Recent research adds information about why and how.

Sometimes you can lose yourself in a struggling relationship.  It can be helpful to stop thinking about your relationship and take a moment to reconnect with what you love about yourself.

It’s the catch-22 of ADHD-impacted relationships (and many non-ADHD marriages, as well!)  For many couples impacted by ADHD, distraction, disengagement and retreat from conflict leave non-ADHD partners feeling ‘stranded’ and lonely.  Their natural response is to pursue their partner for attention…and disaster results.  What do you do?

Coach Jeff Copper explains why both observation and experimentation are critical to finding strategies that work for you.

There are quite a few individuals who have recently been evaluated, or will be evaluated for ADHD showing up on the forum these days, and others whose partners/spouses show signs of ADHD.  It is valuable to know some basic information about ADHD medications, as that is what most doctors will recommend as a way to work with ADHD symptoms.  What follows is a very brief overview and is not intended in any way to replace your doctor’s recommendations in regard to medications.

ADHD, like so many things that people go through, exists on a continuum from more intense to less intense, and in addition, there are different types.  There are those who are Inattentive (and may appear to be spacey), and those who are hyperactive/ impulsive, and those who are both at the same time.  No two individuals with ADHD show up the same way.

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