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How can you ask your loved ones for help to prevent conflicts if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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You might feel like the people closest to you are constantly criticizing or nagging you. Odds are, they just want to help and see you do your best. Try to keep in mind where they're coming from.

If it's tough for you to follow through, and it's a regular source of conflict, work with your loved ones to come up with a “get it done” plan.

For example, you might ask your spouse to let you know about an important birthday the day before it happens. Or you could decide when it's OK for someone to remind you about something. Knowing when to expect a reminder can make it feel less like nagging and more like help. That can hold off a fight.

SOURCES:

Social Development: "Future Directions in the Study of Close Relationships: Conflict is Bad (Except When It's Not.)"

CDC: "My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD—Now What?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Could I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?"

CHADD: "Social Skills in Adults with ADHD."

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

Judith Orloff, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA.

CHADD of Northern California: "How Adult ADHD Affects Relationships: Strategies for Coping."

HelpGuide.org: "Adult ADHD and Relationships."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Social Development: "Future Directions in the Study of Close Relationships: Conflict is Bad (Except When It's Not.)"

CDC: "My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD—Now What?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Could I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?"

CHADD: "Social Skills in Adults with ADHD."

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

Judith Orloff, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA.

CHADD of Northern California: "How Adult ADHD Affects Relationships: Strategies for Coping."

HelpGuide.org: "Adult ADHD and Relationships."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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