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How can attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect your sex life?

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  • You can have trouble paying attention during sex.
  • Your mood or desires may change suddenly.
  • You may be drawn to risky behaviors, like unprotected sex.
  • You may like to have different sex partners, making it harder to keep a long-term relationship.

From: ADHD and Your Sex Life WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "ADHD and Sex."

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, mental health counselor and author of Adult ADHD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.

Jon Belford, PsyD, clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD.

Journal of Child and Family Studies: " Life with a Partner with ADHD: The Moderating Role of Intimacy."

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Other Concerns & Conditions."

Clinical Neurophysiology : "Effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on neurophysiological correlates of performance monitoring in adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder."

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology : "A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Young Children."

Current Psychiatry Reports : "Emerging Support for a Role of Exercise in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Intervention Planning."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 07, 2018

SOURCES:

College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "ADHD and Sex."

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, mental health counselor and author of Adult ADHD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.

Jon Belford, PsyD, clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD.

Journal of Child and Family Studies: " Life with a Partner with ADHD: The Moderating Role of Intimacy."

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Other Concerns & Conditions."

Clinical Neurophysiology : "Effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on neurophysiological correlates of performance monitoring in adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder."

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology : "A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Young Children."

Current Psychiatry Reports : "Emerging Support for a Role of Exercise in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Intervention Planning."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 07, 2018

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