Dating Someone With ADHD: 9 Important Tips

I have also indicated that I do not like being interrupted so often, and that I feel as though he cuts me off before I have a chance to explain myself. He would probably say that I assume what he is thinking without asking him directly. So far, I have not brought up his ADD at all, but after doing my research on this site and others, it is clear to me that ADD is playing a large negative role in our relationship.

Read on to learn more about dating someone with ADHD, and how it’s possible to create that successful relationship you’ve been seeking. In hindsight, my perception of events was wrong. There are two questions that should have flashed in my mind, and the mind of anyone in a relationship with someone diagnosed with ADHD.

When his temper starts raising, everything spirals out of control. He says the most hurtful things ever and he “acts” as if he doesn’t care about the way I feel about anything at all. This is the first post I have made for a really long time because I just got sick of everyone saying to accept it, get help, make allowances, etc. Our psychologist recently declared that he believes my husband not only has adhd, but also is bipolar AND has narcissistic personality disorder. His most recent angle is that we are all victims of ‘programming’ by the ‘system’ and just need to allow each other to be who we are.

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Our mental health condition is sometimes compromised when our romantic relationships aren’t doing well. A healthy relationship, though, may reflect positivity and result in healthy mental health. 😘 This can be because of the dopamine rush that we feel as if we are in our honeymoon phase.

This is about the third time we’ve been here, but we’ve always made up and tried again. This time, I think it’s for real, and I’m the biggest wreck I’ve ever been. Because not only am I losing the love of my life, I’m losing my best friend. Reading all of your personal experiences and stories has been so helpful for me.

Treat adult ADHD responsibly by using behavior therapy and/or appropriate medications to manage symptoms, increase dopamine, and help the brain work as it is supposed to. When you do all that, you should see a decrease in ADHD symptoms —like the inability to focus when your partner is talking to you or to follow through on tasks, such as paying bills on time. Much has been written about how to be in a relationship with someone who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder , but what about the challenge of finding love when you have ADHD yourself? Sure, tips on how to maintain a healthy relationship with ADHD are great, but a lot of us are just trying to survive the first couple of months with a new boo. This is especially true if the symptoms of ADHD have never been properly diagnosed or treated.

Be aware of relationship dynamics that are harmful in the long run

I feel my heart going out to him, and to you, as I read your words about blaming yourself and feeling that you’re meant to be lonely. And yet, just a while ago, he hurt me so badly I was crying for a week and feeling the pain physically in my body. But I haven’t told him yet how bad it was, because I don’t want to make him feel bad either, just like he doesn’t want me to… Anyway, having feelings for someone who doesn’t give me the focus I deserve triggers really deep wounds in me, since I had a mother who was emotionally focused on pretty much everything but me.

I just told you the answer but it is what people do. The second part of what you asked about being able to be present? Healing in this sense…comes from the pain you have to go through in order to do this.

Once in a while (every 2-3 months) he will do mushrooms, sometimes in a microdose and then he seems like a different guy. He doesn’t realize the scale of the problem and me contemplating the future of the marriage. I’m sure you are through with your project but in case you are not I have 36 years of experience with ADHD. Growing up in a family with members who have it and then my spouse and now my children.

You hope he makes a life there so that you can detach with his dignity intact. The “B” even sold the stereo that friends loaned them. He went AWOL from the military, and his other job, tried to kill himself, and would up in a military mental ward with his wife trying to get him to legally sign control over to her.

Of course, being patient isn’t always easy. You’re going to get frustrated, even if you really do understand that your partner can’t help their ADHD. Make sure you have someone you can trust to allow you to vent now and again. A great relationship coach can be really helpful here as they’ll help you see when to be patient and when to start enforcing some boundaries. You might also have a “discussion notebook” where they can write down thoughts that they’re having while you’re talking to make sure that they don’t forget them. Often a paper and pen is better for this than making notes on their phone as they might get distracted and start doing other activities on the device.

Treatment for adult ADHD

Taking care of him has caused me to lose absolutely everything. I believe he secretly takes drugs behind my back so how can I help someone who wants to live his life this way. I know what triggers his bipolar episodes and he continues to do things that are not good for his well being and his mental stability. She would constantly want to break up and fight over nothing.

However, you can make your relationship work with a little understanding and patience. Looks like you have delt with someone who has more serious issues than adhd. I was lately diagnosed with adhd as an adult. And there is a BIG difference with having adhd and not doing anything about it. Having adhd doesnt mean you will never change, that is actually very insulting. I am trying so hard to find ways to be better and my adhd makes it harder but it doesnt make it impossible!

I got stuck in life and my wheels were spinning but i was going nowhere. Always worked but was bouncing from job to job hoping for something better. We stayed married for 2 years before she told me that i needed to get help with my disorder.