Sometimes living with someone who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can present its own challenges.
“Although there are positive aspects to being in a relationship with someone with ADHD, there are also issues that can pose as problems,” said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
For instance, managing a household can become a source of tension for both partners. “The stereotypical pattern is that the non-ADHD partner winds up taking on more and more of the workload, while the ADHD partner feels increasingly criticized and like they can’t do anything right,” according to Ari Tuckman, Psy.D, a psychologist and author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Successful Strategies for Adults with ADHD and Understand Your ADHD, Get More Done.
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