But “usually, couples can make their lives better and recapture some of the joy and romance that might have gone out of the relationship,” says psychologist Arthur Robin, Ph D, professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University in Detroit.
You have stories to tell, and passions to share, and things to talk about that are more interesting than the weather.
''People with ADHD very much intend to do something when they say it. '' Do you feel like you’re always getting blamed for forgetting things, when you know no one actually told you about them?
It’s not like some problems where people lie or are deceitful,'' says Steven Safren, Ph D, director of behavioral medicine in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Consider this: The condition often causes people to forget things they’re told.
Does your wife say she feels like you’re just one more child in the house?
Have your friends lost patience with you because you’re late all the time? The condition starts in childhood, but it can stay into adulthood. '' If you have the condition, your loved ones and friends might have a hard time getting your full attention.
Some people don’t even know they have ADHD until they’re adults. That’s one reason why they might get frustrated with you. Household chores can be a challenge when you have adult ADHD. Your family members may be doing more than their fair share of keeping the household running smoothly. ''You never do what you say you’re going to do.'' You meant it when you said you’d get to your son’s basketball game by p.m. But then you got distracted at work, and your cell phone rang, and then you realized you needed to pick up the dry cleaning.
As for how much improvement you can expect in your relationships, experts say each situation is unique.
You can also find out how to get tested for the condition.
If you’re diagnosed with the condition, work with your doctor to deal with the problems you’re having day to day.
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