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Should I tell my spouse or partner if I am diagnosed with ADHD?

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It's important for your significant other to know and to be involved. They often can tell which treatments are or aren’t working. And the sooner you both work on repairing your relationship, the better.

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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