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What are some tips for preventing conflicts if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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You can help avoid confrontations that can stem from your ADHD with these tips:

  • Consider seeing a therapist or an ADHD coach to learn new ways to communicate
  • Think before you speak. Cool heated situations by asking yourself what you hope to accomplish before you act

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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