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Shiny Objects Are So Distracting: Support Your Partner with ADHD

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Are you married to or dating someone who is distracted by shiny objects? You may be interested to know that October is ADHD Awareness Month.

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can have the best of intentions but can often get derailed. They may forget or lost track of what they were saying, or where they were going.

Many adults went undiagnosed as children and realize later in life that they fit many of the common symptoms.

Right now almost 9 percent of the children between the ages of 4 and 17, and a little more than 4 percent of adults have an ADHD diagnosis in the United States. Males are two to three times more likely to develop ADHD over females, and the average age of diagnosis is between 6 and 7 years.(3)

There are two types of ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are predominantly inattentive presentation, and predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation.

As the name accurately describes, the inattentive presentation adults are often forgetful, and have a difficult time paying attention to details, staying on task, finishing a task, and remembering a task.

Hyperactive-impulsive adults may have a difficult time sitting still, feel fidgety, move around often, and need to tap their pen or roll paper and wrappers into tiny balls. They may often speak out because they can’t resist or hold back, and may have a hard time waiting their turn or doing focused listening.

Does any of this sound like the person you are with? Here are three suggestions that may help you to be more supportive of your partner:

1) Recognize that it is ADHD and study up on it. If you have never been with someone who has ADHD, and if you don't have ADHD yourself, then it can be wildly frustrating at times.

A variety of websites and documentaries on the subject of ADHD explain the common symptoms and actions of someone affected. Someone once said that ADHD was like having over 1,000 tabs open on the computer, all of them competing for attention at once. Your significant other routinely operates with a lot of background noise in their head.

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