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Navigating dating and relationships can sometimes be challenging. When you add ADHD into the mix the challenges can intensify. Many people who suffer from ADHD report they have difficulty managing relationships and some researchers say that the divorce rate is nearly twice as high for those with ADHD. Issues with organization, time-management, paying attention and figuring out where and how to meet new people can all present difficulties to people who have ADHD. It can often be difficult to know where to start.
Just love him anyway. Good luck and if you find the magic potion make sure you share with all of us. You may not understand the dynamic until you live it. You will see from posts on other threads that a boyfriend may hyperfocus during courtship, then retreat to his little world later.
Reading is good, but I find many books give unrealistic scenarios and offer glib advice. It may be very instructive to observe his behaviors among family and friends. Hi Angie, Thank you for your response. You are absolutely right! We have been together for 4 months now and he has never lost a thing nor does he forget his keys or wallet. So like you said I have to live it to understand it. I do however, appreciate reading all responses because it gives me a better insight of what to expect, what is normal and what is not.
Thanks again! I think there are some valid thoughts, but as someone who has ADHD, I also want to add that not everything that is negative is related to it. People have different personalities and come with different baggage, good and bad. There are some basic things that seem to affect most people with ADHD, and one is a problem with time.
I can do really well for awhile, and then get absorbed with something and lose track of how much time has passed. Right now, for instance, my husband wants us to go into town, and I want to finish writing this! If I was smart, I would have waited, but I thought I could it quickly!!! Hello AnneHW, Thank you so much for your response! Yes, I understand we all have issues, believe me I do!
Posts like yours give me hope that we can have a long relationship since you have been married for 30 years. Being miffed at being questioned, possibly ADHD. I can completely empathize with your frustration. We usually have to adapt and please everyone around us. Bottom line: ASK if he wants help.
You could put your relationship in a tense state if you try to parent him in any way without him initiating his own changes. He has to want to make the changes and they have to be something he actually feels he needs changing. After a while, they can resent it. Absolutely be honest. Good relationships can handle honest, good communication. It has to be a peer to peer equality. If one person decides they need to parent the other one, things tend to go downhill pretty fast!
He has no concept of how things affect the future, future consequences, and zero empathy for what a non-ADD partner deals with. When people say watch how he is with his family, I disagree! Everything in life is a trade off. He is now Jobs are never completed, with 5 going at once, topics of conversation change mid sentence and attention span is about 3 seconds.
Also lots of swearing now and inappropriate behaviour in front of me. If he can raise to the occasion of being my partner then he is welcome to come along, but when he is in his world, I walk far away and let him get on with his own stuff. I can find other stuff to do. Hope this helps. Now read it again. If you are considering a long-term relationship with this guy, this is likely to be your life.
Remember that anything wrong with your relationship is likely to get much, much worse if you marry him. We are all on our best behavior while dating. All of us. And explanations are fine, and can be comforting, but they can become excuses for not participating in a relationship.
ADD people can be on time. They can call when they say they will. They can be organized. It is harder for them than others, but it is not impossible. It sounds like your guy may be perfectly happy the way he is, and that is a big danger sign. Once we understand the reasons we have problems with things, we can take one of two forks: we can take responsibility for our behavior, or we can coast along using explanations as excuses.
You can tell right now which type most represents your man. And if you think you can make him into one who takes responsibility, think again. You can force him to behave that way in short spurts, but he will resent your forcing him. And he will slide back without constant reminders. If he is not the type to take complete responsibility for his behavior on his own initiative, you will be spending your life as a policeman.
You will be forced to turn into a nag to keep your life on track. And he will begin to regard you as a nag, and resent you. You choose. Thank you Siggy. Yes you are totally correct! I have done so much for my husband now its all turned on me. I feel used and abused. He has excuses for everything. He life consist of sitting on couch doing nothing. I am older and need help because of health issues, I still get nothing. He sits in his own cave and ignores.
He always refused couneling of any kind. I am frustrated. Tired of excuses! Wow, this took a downhill direction all the sudden! Although, I understand that everything is true for each person here. I have plenty of women friends who tell me things about their husbands that I would find impossible to live with. There are anger issues, lying, cheating, etc.
It has its pluses and minuses, but we all have issues of some kind. I think what you probably need to do is have a very honest discussion with your boyfriend. And if it gets to that point, think hard about the long term. My husband reminds me of how much time I have when we are going out.
Without a lot of pressure, I can usually get back on topic. Let him take some responsibility there, along with the consequences. Give it some time, let things settle down and get to know each other. What if they are happy just the way they are? Not everything is about us and our needs, and as an ADD person myself, I never try to be rude or insensitive to people, but if others read me that way, then all they can do is tell me. I need time and room to fail to get it right.
Give ADDers time to succeed. If you expect them to multitask with you all day, every day, you will be disappointed. Adjust your expectations and give them the benefit of the doubt. Look past the behavior to the heart of them and who they really are before judging.
Understanding that is maturity. You have to find your own centeredness within yourself. Good boundaries, good communication, and a good understanding of what you can and cannot abide will solve a lot, and then take responsibility for your OWN feelings in the situation, not making them adhere to your idea of what they should be. I have been married twice and divorced twice to two guys that did not have ADHD, one mentally abused me and the other one just left because he wanted to fish the rest of his life!
I can honestly say that I have never been happier than I am right now with my new guy and I look forward to spending more time with him and understanding him better. I am willing to accept his and the only reason why I asked for input here is because I wanted to understand him better since I am new to all this. I am now a more patient person and take life not so seriously because of him and that has actually made me a bit happier.
I love this man, he makes me extremely happy and I am going to be there for him as much as he is there for me. You have only been together 4 months. I suggest you strongly get marriage counseling if you do decide to marry. I have been married for over 30 years. I have wanted to leave this marriage many times. Its a daily frustration especially when our communication is in the toilet.
ADHD is not just that to consider. There are learning disanilities attacjed as well as some mental illness issues there. What if they decide to stop taking medication! Our first 3 years were pretty good. Its been a steady downhill ever after. We have nothing in common not even movies! He sits all day in and day out in his own world watching television. You cant ask anything of him because your not telling him what to do. You cant ask him to help out but all you get is I forgot.
So buy planners and they wont use them. We bought a home and promised to help out ie cutting grass and repairing etc. Only to get those promises broken. I should of known better. He would never cut grass until the landlord sent letters telling him too. If I say anything, I am nagging. Then there are children that come!
They have the same issues. The insanity goes on and on.
Who has everything to do. Hope your ready!! I wish I had marriage counseling. All I can say is if you want it all to do and no cooperation, go for it! Otherwise RUN! Thank you morena26 for your kind words. I wish you all success, joy, and happiness in this new relationship. You certainly sound like you both deserve a wonderful and fresh start with each other. You sound like a true sweetheart and a lovely soul.
I beg your pardon but I strongly believe, the two of you are simply an ill match and deeply miserable emotionally. Oh, and at the very least, though probably not one of you, happens to suffer from a neuro - biological disorder, which, sadly;-is neither an invention nor spontaneosly disappears when a person turns18 mostly, correct?
Why people with ADHD make great dating partners
As a relatively grounded, rational 35 - year-old man who-owing to severe ADHD of the combined type,actually cannot support himself like any adult should do I find it increasingly unnerving to see and hear what kind of rude, cold, borderline sociopathic behavior- at times actually caused by a BPD- is being blamed on ADHD, sadly!! And that normally includes employment of some sort. This has been a fascinating thread!
We have trouble staying focused, and to some extent, it can be a bit of a roller coaster ride.
Why would you want to be in that kind of relationship anyway? Not all, but I think that in many cases women tend to be more up front, while men hold a lot inside.
It sounds like a miserable situation, but can I just point out that almost immediately you talked about having nothing in common. That has nothing to do with ADD. I had a little trouble reading your post, but it sounds like he has other mental health issues? All I can say is you need to figure out what you need to do for yourself.
And thank you again, Mindy. I missed an earlier post from you, and it was so wise. I have ADD and I am married. Romantically, I am the one lacking! I forget things way to often. This forces my husband too be in charge of everything.
He is amazing! He double checks before we go out the door or if I was supposed to make a call. He does all the bills, reminds me of things every day. I am not very romantic. That is more spontaneous. I make up for it. I am passionate and imaginative.
I love life and it shows. I have big dreams. I am super supportive. I cook and bake like a pro for that foodie. So my point is that if you can get past the tardiness, forgetfulness and powerful fights. There is so much to love. I love your post, Brynn. We DO care, and we love our partners.
We laugh so hard and we are both supportive of one another! I happen to not be interested in cooking at all, but he loves it, so thank God! Working on it! I have ADHD, diagnosed at age 45, was married almost twenty years - a marriage that had a lot of love and a lot of rocky times as well. Expectations and agreements. If you have no expectations regarding your partner and his ability to be anything other than who he is, then you will never be disappointed and it will be easier to love him just how he is now.
If you have expectations, replace them with agreements. I am responsible for my own happiness.
Or if you have any want or need that requires your partners participation, then go for an agreement. Get his buy-in and his ideas about the agreement and how best to make the agreement work.
Or to drop the one if it turns out to have been unwise. Get his buy-in and his ideas on how to make the agreement work. Let him use his creativity. Observe if he is ashamed if he fails to keep an agreement or if he knows how to still feel positively about himself even when he makes a mistake.
Especially when he makes a mistake. Praise him lavishly when he is doing well and observe if he gives himself credit when he achieves or does something that feeds your relationship in a positive way. I just mean that it works better to keep things positive and away from shame. I highly recommend books by Melissa Orlov.
A great benefit of this reading is learning how to see ADHD for what it is as opposed to misinterpreting ADHD and instead seeing character flaws and forming negative judgments which activate shame and withdrawal on his part and result in a downward spiral.
I dated a guy with ADHD for almost 2 years, and as you, by the 4th month I started to try to better understand him through research. You will see some changes, yes, but they will be temporary until you start nagging him again.
Angelika, I really appreciate your advice, it sounds to me that you really tried to make it work with your ADHD partner. As to me I do hear you and all the others that tell me to run, but I also hear the success stories and, to be honest, I rather focus on those ones. I might be naive or bind to the true facts because I am in love.
Thanks again for taking the time to write and your advice. I really, truly appreciate it! In fact, at one point, after reading some of the negative responses I asked him if he was happy being married to me, and he looked stunned. He told me he loves it.
But, in our case, I happen to be better organized than my husband, and I find that irritating at times. But sometimes one of us just tired and cranky! We are long past the hyper-focus phase of our year marriage, but we love being together. And I know he feels the same way. Yes, I definitely have problems. I tend to get depressed and have anxiety problems sleeping periodically.
I definitely have problems staying focused or I can be hyper focused. This is about finding a person who is caring and interested in succeeding in a relationship with you. People with ADD are very sensitive, and smart. You would be taking a risk no matter who you got involved with.
The main difference here is you have a label and a set of symptoms that will be more pronounced in some areas than others. Explain to me all the things you do that make you a better person. What have you done to other people or within a relationship that might be considered unhealthy, unkind, thoughtless, self-centered, etc.? I bet you could name a few things. That means a lot and gives me, an ADHDer, a lot of hope.
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I wish you and your relationship the best! I am two months in with my boyfriend. We live a couple hours away from each other, so we have to schedule time together. He is on meds, and for the most part they work for him. But he has bad days and i have been super supportive. For example, yesterday his fridge broke.
Instead of just throwing it away and getting a new one he decided to fix it. After hours of texting, he exhausted himself into sleep. I was exhausted too. Keeping up with his mood and trying to help him get clarity on the fridge situation drained me. Today i have not heard from him. I am worried, but my instinct is to back off and let him have space. Then i second guess myself and wonder if he is ok. This all falls dangerously into codependence, which i cannot and will not participate in.
So i am at an impass - i realize hes probably in a thought hole today. But then silence is unsettling. Ive been told not to feel ignored by my add bf. So i do my thing. But i have to say it is not pleasant to be overwhelmed and then have him disappear the next day.
He is a loving, kind, awesome, special man. And i love him dearly. I feel like im on a rollercoaster a lot.
I have been in dysfunctional relationships before, but this is not one of them. I just need to understand the ebbs and flows of how his mind works. I can only give it to you from a female having ADD. I know early on in our relationship I could be very unreasonable and moody just add PMS into that! I think hormones play into it a lot too, male or female. But, you also need to set limits.
The one thing that was always helpful to me was knowing what those were.
The disappearing thing is kind of self indulgent, frankly. I would definitely ignore that and go on with my life. If it continues or gets worse, then you have some decisions to make. Still, it sounds like he must have some very good qualities too.
Hope it works out for you Kikioreekee. Thank you anne. Unfortunately we cant blame youth, he is I dont think he understands how much his drama affects me.
I need to be more mindful of boundaries. Alanon helps. Everyone is different, and I find a very low dose of Adderall helps me immensely. The alanon is for me and my past with my family. I think his inability to prioritize things is what messes everything up. In fact, the information retrieval issues with ADD are worse under pressure so the more you badger, the less likely he is to come up with the information.
Typical example:. You were there last week. Can you give me directions? Well was it THIS side of the highway, or the other?
What to know when dating someone with adhd
Well, did you turn off before 14th street or after? Hello Morena. My advice to you, since this is a boyfriend and not a husband, is to permanently go away from him as fast as you can go. Like the other poster saidRUN. Wait a minute! We non-ADHDers need more from life than a prison with an empty person. Lastly let me say that in the beginning they put their best efforts forwardremembering special dates, letting you talk and pretending to listen, being affectionate, picking out a restaurantthat sort of thing.
All of that is a real struggle for them. My spouse did this for 10 years before I started noticing that something was wrong. He never told me he was ADHD. I had to discover it for myself and when I told him my diagnosis, he laughed and said I was right! You will, at some point, begin to feel like you need to get out and breathe.
If you have children you will begin to notice that you have children and an adult child who will never grow up. They are totally self-absorbed.
My last point for you is to carefully study Donald Trump. He is ADHD and he keeps his family close because they cover for him. For those who are socially anxious, online dating platforms offer a less frightening way of introducing themselves to new people.
There can be some potential negative factors to consider though. Dating sites can also be distracting, especially when there are lots of profiles to sift through. Setting time limits for use can help with this. This can take away the stress of bringing it up when out on an initial date. Talking about ADHD can largely depend on how well a person knows their condition and how its symptoms manifest.
Because ADHD can present very differently with three main types Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive and Combined Type one person might vary markedly from the next in what sort of challenges they face. In addition, there are still many myths and misconceptions which surround ADHD, including that it is only a condition which affects children, and mainly boys. Many adults with ADHD were never diagnosed in childhood, so have developed a lot of maladaptive coping mechanisms such as self-medicating.
This can be the time when issues such as impulsivity or inattention really begin to be felt by both parties. In the case of long-term relationships or marriage, researchers suggest that ADHD becomes more problematic for couples who have overlooked the condition during the earlier stages of dating. One of the main ways to tackle problems is for both parties to develop more empathy for one another. This can mean making sure you take time to keep educating each other on ADHD and learn coping strategies together.
The person with ADHD may feel anxious and worried the condition will mean that all their romantic relationships will be negatively affected.
Feb 27, Id love any feedback from those with adhd or married to/dating someone with adhd. Let me say this, he is a great guy and when he is in the zone he is loving and very supportive. Id like to try to understand him and work with him and he wants to do better, but hasnt made much effort. Jul 23, ADHD cannot be prevented or cured but it can definitely be managed with therapy, medication, and support from their loved ones. Relationship with someone who has ADHD. After seeing signs in your partner and realizing that you're dating someone with ADHD, it can be quite scary at first, especially when you're not ready or familiar with dating a person with ADHD. Sep 12, Dating someone with ADHD can bring on certain challenges and misunderstandings, but dating someone with a dynamic personality who thinks and acts differently from you brings its rewards as well. If you're not familiar with the traits associated with someone with ADHD, many people can underestimate the impact it can have on a vizyonbarkod.com: Ashley Papa.
For the partner who is struggling with ADHD-related issues such as important occasions being forgotten or chronic lateness, it can lead to feeling unappreciated or like their partner is losing interest in them.
By discussing these issues openly, and working on constructive communication, as well as a willingness to have greater empathy, many of these issues can be overcome. Dating someone else who also has ADHD can seem like a fantastic solution to this issue. Being around someone who has also been in the same position and knows firsthand the challenges that ADHD can bring can be a relief.
There can be major incompatibilities if different people suffer from different types. Someone who would just buy something without thinking can definitely cause problems in your finances as well as someone who would talk or comment without analyzing the impact it will have and how it can get you in trouble.
This can be alarming because this is a whole different mental disorder which needs to be addressed. Is it really possible to know how to date someone with ADHD? The answer is yes. In fact, this is your chance to show this person that you will be there for them through thick or thin. If you are seeing these signs. Learn everything you can about it because you are the best person who can help your partner.
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It just means that this is the help that they need to be more efficient. There will be more to come and this is a part of dating someone who has this condition. Do your best and remember that this is something that you will have to work on. Take Course. Marriage Advice. Marriage Quizzes. Marriage Course Save My Marriage. Marriage Quotes.
May 23, Challenges with meeting new people when there are difficulties in focusing or in reading body language or knowing how to introduce yourself can often be mitigated by getting to know people via dating websites. ADHD and Dating Sites. Online dating sites can be a great way to meet new people for someone who has ADHD. Jul 23, Dating a person with ADHD takes a lot of effort, time and patience, at times more than dating a person without ADHD. If you are planning to or already dating someone with ADHD, here are a few tips to help you make it work.