Difficulties with paying attention to others, missing important verbal and nonverbal cues, impulsively reacting or saying things that may be hurtful, moodiness, quick temper, low tolerance for frustrations, forgetfulness, zoning out in conversations, oversensitivity to criticism, emotional over-reactions, problems following through with commitments -- these are just some of the issues that make dating and maintaining positive relationships hard for an individual with ADD.
Tackling all these issues at once can feel quite overwhelming, but finding the right partner is a good first step.
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This piece is Katie’s Klabusich’s second dispatch from the front lines of her romantic life for the #Its Totally Me dating series, which follows Establishment writers Klabusich and Wagatwe Wanjuki as they utilize professional matchmakers and the insights of various experts to get to the bottom of their perpetual singledom.
I immediately flash back to my childhood, when my parents regularly told me to “shut up,” unless we were at one of their friends’ houses and I was entertaining the group.
Years ago, with the start date of a new job closing in, I made the mistake of trying to explain my mounting panic to the guy I was dating at the time.
A person with a positive outlook and attitude is contagious.
In order for the relationship to thrive, you must also be compatible with this person.
According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, about 11,000,000 people living in the United States have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurological disorder that can can cause a combination of inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity symptoms.
Although it's a very common condition, there are many misconceptions about ADHD, and it can be especially difficult to live with when a loved one doesn't fully understand it.