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What are some good tips for holding a conversation if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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Simple steps can make any conversation easier if you have ADHD. Make sure you:

  • Are face-to-face with the other person when you're talking to them
  • Listen carefully when they're speaking
  • Don't interrupt
  • Ask questions when you don't understand something
  • Let the other person know you understand them by using phrases like “It sounds like you're saying,” or “Tell me if I'm hearing you right ...”

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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