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What are tips to deal with your emotions in relationships if you have ADHD?

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If family gatherings or other social events make you stressed, tell your partner.

  • Agree to leave early or take a break halfway through the event.
  • Talk about what needs to be done and divide things up. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
  • Let your partner or friends know when you need some quiet time.
  • Admit when you’ve messed up. Don’t blame all your mistakes on your ADHD or get defensive with your partner.

SOURCES:

Understood.org: “ADHD and Emotions: What You Need to Know.”

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder FAQs.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Child Mind Institute: “School Success Kit for Kids with ADHD.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “About ADHD.”

CHADD of Northern California: “How Adult ADHD Affects Relationships.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Understood.org: “ADHD and Emotions: What You Need to Know.”

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder FAQs.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Child Mind Institute: “School Success Kit for Kids with ADHD.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “About ADHD.”

CHADD of Northern California: “How Adult ADHD Affects Relationships.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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