ADHD relationships can cycle from obsessive adoration and attention to boredom and loss of interest. Here’s why and what to do about it.
Many individuals with ADHD also suffer from rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) – an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception—not necessarily the reality—that they have been rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in their life. RSD can negatively impact social interactions, relationships and job performance.
Being in a relationship with someone who has ADHD can be challenging. The issues of attention, communication, procrastination, disorganization and impulsiveness that an ADHD individual must grapple with daily, can add significant stress to relationships. It can leave you feeling ignored, neglected, and frustrated, Understanding, combined with strategies to help lessen the impact of ADHD on your relationship, can help you and your partner enjoy more of the time you spend with each other.
One of the ways that women with ADHD may cope with the difficulties of having the condition is to withdraw emotionally from those around them. This can negatively impact all their relationships, but especially with those closest to them, who could be a source of emotional support and understanding. If you are a woman with ADHD and suffering from emotional withdrawal, one of the most important steps you can take is to seek the help of a therapist. They can help you understand the why of your withdrawal, validate your feelings and develop better coping strategies.
Many adults can have ADHD without even realizing it. These individuals may have all the typical symptoms of ADHD, but found ways to cope with them and get through life without major issues. This is known as “high functioning” ADHD. Here are some of the symptoms that characterize adult, high functioning ADHD.
Dating someone with ADHD is a double-edged sword. It can result in certain challenges and misunderstandings, due to the nature of the condition. However, dating someone with a dynamic personality who thinks and acts differently can be a rewarding experience. Understanding the impact that ADHD has on both you and your partner is critical to improving your relationship.
If you have ADHD, you know how hard it can be to motivate yourself to do those boring but necessary tasks. Intrinsic motivation can be tough, and it can be difficult to find the right external motivation that works for you. Gamifying your life might just be the answer. Gamification can make life with ADHD easier by providing the boost of external motivation you might need to get things done.