ADHD & Relationships

ADHD and RelationshipsRelationships where one or both members of the couple have ADHD can be plagued by misunderstandings, anger and frustration. These problems often arise from the misinterpretation of undiagnosed ADHD symptoms or, if the ADHD has been diagnosed, from both partners being unsure of what to do about it. The good news is that by understanding the role that ADHD plays in your relationship – by correctly interpreting what is happening to you and learning ways to make the interactions more positive – couples can not only improve their marriages, but thrive.

Dr. Hallowell offers a number of ways to learn how to thrive in relationships affected by ADHD.

First, all of the Hallowell Centers offer counseling for couples interested in taming the ADHD interactions and misunderstandings in their relationship. Counseling may include treatment of ADHD, depression, anxiety and other issues, as well as therapy centered on developing strategies for improving the interactions between partners.

Dr. Hallowell and Sue HallowellDr. Hallowell and his wife Sue co-authored “Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage”, which deals with how to keep distraction from hurting your marriage.

Dr. Hallowell and Sue share their insight, tips and advice on ADHD and relationships in this heartwarming conversation about his own ADHD and their marriage. Sue doesn’t hold back and gives listeners a clear picture of what it’s like to be the only one in their house without ADHD. Listen to the entire program at Distraction Podcast 29 and watch behind the scenes on Youtube.

In this episode, Dr. Hallowell and his wife Sue discuss Strategies for Minimizing ADHD’s Impact on Relationships.

Click to watch Dr. Hallowell and his wife Sue discuss how ADHD affects marriage on the Dr. Oz Show.

ADHD and Relationship Blogs

Dr. Hallowell and Melissa Orlov write a blog on ADHD and Marriage.

Read Dr. Hallowell’s blog post on How ADHD Affects Relationships.

ADHD and Relationship Books:

Melissa’s book – The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps


Ari Tuckman, ADHD expert and sex therapist’s, book ADHD After Dark. It’s the first book to look at the important topic of how ADHD can impact a couple’s sex life and how working on that can improve your relationship overall.  This unique book is a gem. It’s available @ Amazon.

Relationships can be challenging. Add ADHD or other mental health issues and the challenges can be amplified.  The Hallowell Centers offer a number of ways for relationships to thrive. Call a Hallowell Center  near you for a 15-minute free phone consultation to learn more.

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