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.
In other words, “Once you start looking at ADHD symptoms, you can get to the root of the problem and start to manage and treat the symptoms as well as manage the responses,” Orlov said.2. Orlov likens optimal treatment for ADHD to a three-legged stool.
(The first two steps are relevant for everyone with ADHD; the last is for people in relationships.)“Leg 1” involves making “physical changes to balance out the chemical differences in the brain,” which includes medication, aerobic exercise and sufficient sleep.
With good intentions, the non-ADHD partner starts taking care of more things to make the relationship easier.