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Could ADHD be to blame for daily struggles in relationships?

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Does your husband complain that you never listen? Does your wife say she feels like you’re just one more child in the house? Have your friends lost patience with you because you’re late all the time?

ADHD could be to blame. The condition starts in childhood, but it can stay into adulthood. Some people don’t even know they have ADHD until they’re adults -- and if you have it, it could be causing relationship problems.

SOURCES:

Arthur Robin, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.; chief of psychology, Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Steven Safren, PhD, associate professor, Harvard Medical School; director of behavioral medicine, department of psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital.

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Marriage and partnerships.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Adult ADHD: Evaluation and Treatment in Family Medicine.”

Eakin L. , August 2004. Journal of Attention Disorders

National Resource Center on ADHD.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthur Robin, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.; chief of psychology, Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Steven Safren, PhD, associate professor, Harvard Medical School; director of behavioral medicine, department of psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital.

National Resource Center on ADHD: “Marriage and partnerships.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Adult ADHD: Evaluation and Treatment in Family Medicine.”

Eakin L. , August 2004. Journal of Attention Disorders

National Resource Center on ADHD.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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