Below, Melissa Orlov, marriage consultant and author of the award-winning book The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps, discusses the top challenges in these relationships and the solutions that truly make a difference.One of the biggest challenges in relationships is when a partner misinterprets ADHD symptoms.For one, couples may not even know that one partner (or both) suffers from ADHD in the first place.
Still, to Orlov his actions — in reality the symptoms — spoke louder than words.
Another common challenge is what Orlov terms “symptom-response-response.” ADHD symptoms alone don’t cause trouble.
It’s the symptom plus how the non-ADHD partner responds to the symptoms.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can dramatically affect a relationship.
Research has shown that a person with ADHD may be almost twice as likely to get divorced, and relationships with one or two people with the disorder often become dysfunctional.
*While ADHD can ruin relationships, the good news is that both partners are not powerless.
There are steps you can take to significantly improve your relationship.
When you don’t know that a particular behavior is a symptom, you may misinterpret it as your partner’s true feelings for you.
Orlov recalled feeling miserable and unloved in her own marriage.