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What should people in relationships do if their partner has ADHD?

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If you’re diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), work with your doctor to deal with the problems you’re having day to day. Adult ADHD is often treated with a combo of medications, skills coaching, and psychotherapy, including couples counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy.

If you have a spouse or partner, it’s important for them to be involved. They often can tell which treatments are or aren’t working.

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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