What I love about my ADHD/non-ADHD partner...

What I love about my partnerWith Valentine's Day around the corner (don't forget!) we thought we would pay respect to the positive side of ADHD. We often write about the challenges with ADHD and relationships. And yes, there are challenges. But what about the good things - what do you love about your ADHD partner? On the other side, what do you love and appreciate about your non-ADHD partner?

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Negative Communication Patterns in ADHD Relationships

Negative communication with ADHDWhen a relationship is impacted by ADHD (in one or both partners), there are many negative communication patterns that can develop over time. One such pattern is "symptom-response-response," a term coined by Melissa Orlov, a leading expert on ADHD and relationships. Essentially, what happens is as follows:

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Maintaining and Attending to Relationships with ADHD

maintaining relationships with ADHDIndividuals with ADHD often have difficulty focusing their attention consistently on relationships. Symptoms like distractibility, or difficulties with working memory, tend to get in the way of many things - maintaining friendships and keeping in touch with others, attending to the needs of a partner, or even just making sure date night happens more than once in a blue moon.

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Is it you, me, or us? When your relationship is struggling...

ADHD and relationshipsJust over a year ago we posted Springboard Clinic in the Media, which linked to two articles written by our Director of Coaching/Health Education.

One of those articles, Is it you, me, or us? talks about ADHD and relationships, and the important questions we need to ask ourselves if and when our partnership is struggling. Yes, we're repeating ourselves by re-linking to the article, but it's such an important topic that it deserves the repeat. Check it out!

ADHD and Relationships: The Dos and Don’t of Communicating with your ADHD Partner

communicating with your non-ADHD partner

If you’re reading this and you’re the “non-ADHD” partner in a relationship impacted by ADHD, you might be familiar with a feeling we like to call “frustration.” Yes, ADHD is totally manageable and there are some amazing strengths that come with it, but the fact is, sometimes ADHD symptoms are not appropriately managed. Or, maybe they’re being “managed,” but in a way that isn’t really in line with your own expectations...

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